Aviation 101

Course Overview 

The world of aviation is an innovating and exciting field of study and continues to develop exponentially. Current reports show that in the next fifteen to twenty years there will be a demand for 95,000 pilots with a projected shortage in pilots to fulfill those jobs. Therefore, this course provides the required training to allow students to take the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Private Pilot Knowledge Exam and pursue their private pilot certificate. In addition, this course serves to expose students to the various career paths in aviation such as aircraft electrical technicians, manufacturing engineers, airport operation management, air traffic control, maintenance technician, quality control, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

High School Credit 

  • This course meets the College Preparatory Elective “G” requirement for University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) system.

FAA Approved Training Device 

  • Student in Aviation 101 are provided training in Precision Flight Control’s CRX MAX Advanced Aviation Training Device. Students can credit 2.5 hours of their time in the training device with a flight instructor towards earning their Private Pilot Certificate.

Course Outcomes 

  • Prepared to take and pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam.
  • Aware of various post-secondary education and career opportunities within the aviation industry.
  • Those pursuing their private pilot certificate will receive a minimum of 10 hours of flight instruction in our Advanced Aviation Training Device from a certified flight instructor. A total of 2.5 hours in the AATD can be counted towards the Private Pilot Certificate.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Aviation
  • Aeronautical Decision-Making
  • Aircraft Construction
  • Principles of Flight
  • Aerodynamics of Flight
  • Flight Controls
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Flight Manuals and Other Documents
  • Weight and Balance
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Weather Theory
  • Aviation Weather Services
  • Airport Operations
  • Airspace
  • Navigation
  • Aeromedical Factors
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