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Flight Academy

What is the Flight Academy? What do you learn?

Escambia High School’s Flight Academy partners with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the National Flight Academy (NFA) to provide an immersive learning environment that teaches Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) in the context of Aviation.

Flight Academy students prepare for future vocational opportunities in aviation through studying aerospace history, technology, and applications, weather theory, aerodynamics, flight planning, air and space operations, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science.

Students are motivated to learn, knowing they will test their newly acquired skills during flight missions utilizing our state of the art simulators and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Up to five different Industry Certifications are available, ranging from software certifications to Unmanned Aircraft Systems certifications and Private Pilot Ground School through Embry-Riddle’s FAA Part 141 training program – all accomplished on-site at Escambia High School.

Course Sequence

Course Sequence:

8600580 Aerospace Technologies I (high school elective credit; entry-level course)

Dual Enrollment:

AS120 Principals of Aeronautical Science (HONORS)*

AS220 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (HONORS)*

AS121 Private Pilot Operations (HONORS)*

AS235 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations (HONORS)* {2017-18 school year}

AS295 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Applications (HONORS)* {2017-18 school year}

*Honors courses will earn an additional .025 weighted credit for high school GPA calculations

Industry Certifications: FAA Ground School, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Visual Observer 

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Mr. Pyle in a simulator

Aerospace Program Description

Escambia High School’s Flight Academy partners with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Gaetz Aerospace Institute and the National Flight Academy to offer a unique program not found anywhere else in the Panhandle.  Our four-year, dual-enrollment course-based program provides students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of aerospace technologies, their effect upon our lives, and the nature of aerospace engineering, design, and problem-solving techniques and methodologies. The content and activities also support building safety, teamwork, and leadership skills. This program focuses on transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, processes and systems in the aviation and aerospace industries.