Aviation Academy

In August 2011, SJVA launched an after school and summer program for 6th through 12th grade students. The club continues to meet one hour a week after school and holds an annual summer aviation program. The club focuses on the many aspects of aviation and serves to inspire and exposure students to pursue post-secondary education and careers in the field of aviation. The academy focuses on the many aspects of aviation. Students will learn about the principles of flight and aviation knowledge related to piloting, use X-Plane and Prepar3D Flight simulators to design and fly airplanes, practice flying RC airplanes on a RealFlight flight simulator, build model aircraft, and fly and maintain remote control airplanes. The club serves to inspire and expose students to the many aspects of aviation.

April 26, 2017

Executive Flight Institute – Field Trip

SJVA’s Aviation Club took a field trip to French Valley Airport and toured Executive Flight Institute’s operations. Students experienced and learned about pre-flighting an aircraft, aviation maintenance, ground instruction, flew in an FAA approved flight simulator, talked with Mr. Oshinuga, aerobatic and air racing pilot, and received a gift certificate for 1/2 hour of flight instruction.  The field trip was a great success, thanks EFI and Anthony Oshinuga ! Please visit their websites @ flyefi.com and anthonyoshinuga.com




May 18, 2016

Airplane Completed!

Students completed the empennage section of the airplane and finished the half scale airplane project. This project helped to further the cause to inspire and teach students about the wonderful world of aviation!



April 12, 2016

Fuselage Construction

Over the last few weeks, students  constructed roughly a 1/2 scale wing. The purpose was to provide hands on learning about the basic structure of a wing. Continuing with that objective, we constructed roughly a 1/2 scale fuselage to go with the wing. The plan is to finish off the airplane with the empennage or tail section of the airplane.







March 1, 2016

Wing Design, Structure, and Construction

The last couple of weeks, students learned about the design, structure, and construction of airplane wings. They engaged in hands on learning by constructing a mock airplane wing which is roughly half scale of a Vans RV-3 airplane.




Below are photos of building the ribs, spare, and testing the construction in preparation for student use.

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February 9, 2016

Practicing Approach and Landing

Students in aviation club worked with Mr. Evans (CFI) on their approach and landing technique.


December 15, 2015

X-Planes Flight Simulator

Students at Aviation Club have an opportunity to work through various stations learning about aeronautics through basic ground instruction and various flight simulators. Below is a student is receiving instruction from Mr. Evans on basics flight maneuvers using our X-Planes Flight Simulator.


November 17, 2015

California Baptist University & Planes of Fame Museum

Students visited the flight operation center at California Baptist University in Riverside, Ca. The University offers aviation majors in Aviation Dispatch, Aviation Flight, and Aviation Managements. More information can be found on the University website here. In addition to visiting CBU, students toured the Planes of Fame museum in Chino, Ca. More information about the museum can be found here.

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July 29, 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Summer 2015

July 2, 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Day 11

Today, students experimented with changing the angle of attack and adding flaps to the wing to see the affect it has on the wings ability to generate lift. Students first tested how much weight the wing could carry with a zero angle of attack and no flaps. They then repeated the process but each time increased the angle of attack and then with flaps. The students discovered that increasing the angle of attack and/or adding flaps increased the weight thus the lift threefold. This concludes SJVA’s  Summer Aviation Institute but will resume in August once the school year starts.

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June 25, 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Day 10

Today, students used our wing cutter to make foam wings for their balsa gliders. After they created their foam wings they had an opportunity to test the lifting capabilities on our wing tester. Tomorrow, students will experiment on how changing the angle of attack affects the wings ability to generate lift.

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June 24, 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Day 9

Today, students learned that wing loading is the ratio of an airplanes gross weight divided by the surface area of the wing. The wing loading determines how much weight a square foot of the wing must lift. Over the next couple of days students will continue to do calculations, modify aircraft, and run simulations to better understand how changing the wing loading of an airplane impacts aircraft performance. SJVA_aviation-46 SJVA_aviation-47 SJVA_aviation-45 SJVA_aviation-48

June 23, 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Day 8

Today, students learned about the aspect ratio of wings and how they relate to the amount of lift a wing generates. Using Plane Maker and X-Plane simulator, the class modified the wing of a Vans RV 10 aircraft with five different aspect ratios. They then proceeded to fly each aircraft three times recording the takeoff distance for each takeoff. The class came to the conclusion that the wing with the largest aspect ratio generated the greatest amount of lift and required the least amount of runway to lift off. Just like the previous days, students spent time flying simulators, flying the RC airplane, and building the RC Piper Cub.



June 22. 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Day 7

Today, students learn about how atmospheric pressure and density altitude have an affect on both aircraft instruments and overall aircraft performance. Student’s calculated the density altitude at Hemet Ryan airport using the formula: pressure altitude + [120 x (OAT – ISA Temp)]. Same as the previous days, students continued to fly our simulators, fly the RC airplane, and build our electric Piper Cub.

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June 19, 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Day 6

Today, students learned about thrust and it’s relationship to the flight of an airplane. We used the Fly to Learn curriculum and X-Planes flight simulator to demonstrate how the thrust (propeller) controls the altitude of an airplane during the approach to landing. Furthermore, students continued learn about aviation through flying our remote control airplane, various simulators, and building our remote control Piper Cub.

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June 18, 2015

Guillow’s Cessna 170 Model – Day 5

Students are working hard to complete the C170. Toady, they were able to complete most of the fuselage.

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June 17, 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Day 4

Today, students learned about the Pitot-Static system and the instruments they operate and how the angle of attack of the wing is related to the amount of lift it generates. Furthermore, students continued flying simulators and constructing our remote control electric Piper Cub.

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June 16, 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Day 3

Today, students learned about the affects weight and balance has on an airplane in flight. Students used X-Planes flight simulator to test how an increase in payload requires a longer takeoff distance and higher airspeed to get airborne. Students continued to work on our remote control Piper Cub.

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June 13, 2015

SJVA Aviation Institute – Day 2

Today, students learned how Bernoulli’s Principle and Newton’s Third Law of Motion causes a wing to create lift. In addition, students learned how an airplane can turn potential energy into kinetic energy and visa versa. This was demonstrated through the use of X-Plane flight simulator and the Fly to Learn curriculum. Furthermore, students spent time flying simulators, building foam balsa/foam gliders, and our RC J-3 Cub. Today, we almost finished the vertical stabilizer, rudder, horizontal stabilizer, and elevator.

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June 11, 2015 

SJVA Aviation Institute

San Jacinto Valley Academy’s Aviation Institute is a three week program offered to 5th through 12th grade students. The program serves to teach students about aviation through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This will be accomplished through the use of basic ground school curriculum, flight simulators, building and flying remote control airplanes.

Over the next three weeks, students will be constructing a remote control electric Piper J-3 Cub.

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All the materials necessary to build the Cub.

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June 28, 2014

Guillow’s Cessna 170 Model – Flight

Today, all four of the airplanes made their maiden flight. The students had a limited amount of time to build and fly their aircraft. Even though they were not completely done we gave it ago!

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June 25, 2014

Guillow’s Cessna 170 Model – Day 7

Today, students started covering the aircraft and connect the tail section and wings to the fuselage. The process of covering the airplane is very tedious work but they did a good job!

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June 23, 2014

Guillow’s Cessna 170 Model – Day 6

Finished up the fuselage today and next we will be working on covering the airplane and attaching the wings and tail section.

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June 20, 2014

Guillow’s Cessna 170 Model – Day 5

Students are working hard to complete the C170. Toady, they were able to complete most of the fuselage.

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June 18, 2014

Guillow’s Cessna 170 Model – Day 4

Today, students finished up the rudder and vertical stabilizer. They started constructing the left side of the fuselage.

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June 16, 2014

Guillow’s Cessna 170 Model – Day 3

We made some more progress on the Cessna 170 model today. The students finished the horizontal stabilizer and elevator and begin work on the vertical stabilizer and ruder.

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June 13, 2014

Guillow’s Cessna 170 Model – Day 2

June 11, 2014

Guillow’s Cessna 170 Model – Day 1

On the first day of building the Guillow’s Cessna 170 model, students completed most of the left wing.


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June 13, 2014

Students continued to work on their model Cessna 170. They finished both the left and right wing and started building the horizontal stabilizer and elevator.

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June 11, 2015

On the first day of building the Guillow’s Cessna 170 model, students completed most of the left wing.


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June 10, 2014

7th grade students created a 1/8 scale drawing of a Cessna 170B’s using mathematical concepts such as percents, ratios, and proportions. They further used these skills to create a maximum glide slope graph for the Cessna 170B.




May 22, 2014

Students worked on putting together their first remote control glider. This glider was an Almost Ready to Fly kit, therefore, majority of the construction was completed by the factory. The students had to connect the wings, glue the the vertical and horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage, and connect the rudder and elevator.  They also had to install the servos, receiver, electric motor, and balance the electric glider for flight.

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