Middle School Explorer Club
Learn to Fly
This Aviation Explorers Middle School Club is open to boys and girls in the sixth through eighth grade with an interest in experiencing Aviation hands-on. It offers aviation experiences, as a possible career or for the sheer pleasure of being around airplanes.
Aviation Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes young people to flying through FAA approved classroom training by Certified Flight Instructors. Youth participants can supplement this ground knowledge with flying lessons once reaching the age of 14 years old.
Career Exploring features field trips and other activities that allow you to experience firsthand what it's like to be a pilot, aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, or air traffic controller. Best of all, the members have input for the activities they want to pursue.
Aviation Explorers supports the increased interest in career exploration from the Department of Education's recent focus on the sixteen career clusters at the middle school level.
The most popular careers include:
- Aircraft mechanics
- Flight Engineers
- Avionics Technicians
- Air traffic Controllers
- Flight Attendants
You will learn
- Aviation policies & procedures
- Pre-flight lessons
- Airline Pilot Experiences
- Aircraft manufacturing
You will develop
- Flying Skills
- Aviation Protocols
- Leadership methods
You will have an opportunity to participate in
- Flight scenarios
- Flying Lessons after age 14
- Tours of airport and Aviation facilities
You enjoy life-long benefits from
- Character Development
- Build self-confidence
- Leadership development
- Social development
- Unique career experiences, networking & internships
- Volunteer community service
- Group collaboration and teamwork
Whether your goal is to explore Aviation as a career or a hobby, Aviation Explorers supports your education and experience. Once in 9th grade, you can join the Explorers Post and continue your pursuit of Aviation.
Dad, I left my heart up there.
- Francis Gary Powers, CIA U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union, describing his first flight at age 14.
As soon as we left the ground I knew I myself had to fly!
- Amelia Earhart, after her first flight in an airplane, a ten minute sight-seeing trip over Los Angeles, 1920.
Even before [we] . . . had reached 300 feet, I recognized that the sky would be my home. I tumbled out of the airplane with stars in my eyes.
- Geraldyn Cobb, regards her first flight, piloted by her father when she was 12 years old.