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Futures Lab: Aviation

"*Aviation is a half-day pathway and does not require any previous experience."

"Aviation is a growing industry with huge workforce needs over the next decade. Learners with an interest in professional piloting, air traffic control, unmanned aerial systems, or aeronautics can start growing their skills to get a step ahead in the field."

"Learners in the Aviation Pathway will earn their FAA Part 107 UAS Commercial Certification. This will allow learners to immediately enter the growing drone field through opportunities in research, mapping, and videography. Learners will operate, maintain, and design unmanned aerial vehicles developing both engineering and flight skills."

Teacher Interview:

Aviation is taught in Annex G on the Poudre High School campus. Taught by Nick Chambers here are some words from him.


Credits: 5

Course Description This course will provide an introduction to the aviation and aerospace industry

and provide an entry-level examination of Aviation career opportunities. Students

will explore the concepts and principles of Aviation and delve into general

practices of the aerospace field. Areas of study are aviation history, pilot

training, airplane structure, engines, basic aerodynamics, flight environment,

airports, aviation weather, and navigation. In addition, the course exposes the

student to the history of manned space flight.

Graduation Requirement Elective

Credits: 5

Course Description Introduces and develops flight control and piloting techniques for common

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platforms. Students learn and demonstrate

maneuvers, procedures, and best practices for safe UAS operation on fixed-wing

and rotary-wing systems. Develops the skills and knowledge required to be a pilot

of a UAS in the National Airspace System. Students who are new to aviation will

develop functional knowledge in the areas of pilot-in-command responsibilities,

aerodynamic principles, aviation meteorology, and the flight environment.

Graduation Requirement Fine & Applied Arts

Credits: 5

Course Description This course studies the basic principles of aerodynamics, including airfoil

shapes and aerodynamic forces, airplane performance, stability and control,

strength limitations, and the application of these to specific flight situations.

Included in this course are flight performance with airflow in the sub-, trans-, and

supersonic envelope.

Graduation Requirement Science

Credits: 5

Course Description This course will cover advanced flight topics from area Aviation experts.

Students will be exposed to new concepts in UAS and drone technology as well as

expanding topics covered in Principles of Flight to an advanced level specific to

drone technology. Students will be preparing to pass the Federal Aviation

Administration (FAA) private pilot written exam.

Graduation Requirement Fine & Applied Arts

Credits: 5

Course Description This course will be an applied applications course and learners will receive

instruction in aerial photography for commercial purposes, recording

instrumentation, topics in inspection for industrial purposes, and data analytics.

Graduation Requirement Fine & Applied Arts

Credits: 5

Course Description This course develops basic meteorological concepts that apply to aviation.

Emphasis is on the use of national weather service reports and forecasts to

evaluate flight conditions. The course also prepares students for the weather

section of the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge examination.

Graduation Requirement Science

Look into the classroom:

In Aviation, they learn how the aircraft works, how to fly the aircraft, how to fly drones, etc. Aviation is a cool pathway in Futures Lab and there are a ton of cool things that go along with Aviation, such as flying drones and having a chance to fly a small aircraft yourself with a trained professional in the cockpit with you. If you are interested in becoming an airplane piolet that flies plains, or a drone pilot, etc. This pathway would be great for you to join.

Flight Simulator:

"The flight simulators simulate flight in aircraft. It utilizes the yolk and rudder pedals and allows learners to get flight time practicing and learning how to fly airplanes. The difficulty is that they are static, meaning they do not move, thus it;s hard to feel various flight conditions such as the weight of a banked turn or how the nose of the airplane naturally pitches down in a stall because of the forward center of gravity that airplanes have. The most important utilization is how to take off and land an airplane which is when most airplane accidents occur."

"It also simulates various weather conditions such as various winds, cloud layers, and precipitation. You can practice both flying with visual flight rules and instrument flight rules (where you can fly without looking outside the window, which is how all commercial flights are conducted…though yes, they do look outside the window)."

"We also have programming on one of them that simulates flight on more aircraft such as the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus 320 which are the standard airplanes used for domestic flights."


Futures Lab Home:

If you have any questions about Aviation in Futrues Lab you can email Nick Chambers, and ask any questions that you have and he will answer them, he will also help you figure out how to sign up for Avition in Futures Lab if you want to.

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