Intro to Aviation Course

Intro to Aviation Course

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Our price: $365.00

Grades: 7th-12th

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Product Code: 891-891

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Introduction to Aviation with Av-STEM
Your student’s education can now take flight with Introduction to Aviation, an online aviation course that makes at-home aviation training possible. Upon completion of this course, your child will have an understanding of the aerodynamics of flight, how to read aviation charts, how navigation works, and so much more. Lots of fun hands-on applications clarify what could otherwise be a difficult subject matter.

To boost your child’s retention, many of these projects are repeated through a variety of scenarios. Over the next ten years the FAA forecasts a shortage of pilots, mechanics, and other technical support personnel in the aviation industry, so Introduction to Aviation also includes about 30 aviation career pathway interviews.

Even if your child is disinterested in pursuing the field of aviation, the knowledge he acquires through Introduction to Aviation can be transferred to a multitude of other careers. The Introduction to Aviation Course provides between 110 and 120 hours of learning for an approximately 3/4 credit as an aeronautical science elective. Included is online course access for a single student for as long as he needs it, and all necessary supplies except for an inexpensive joystick*, which can be easily bought locally. See below for a full list of included supplies.

*The joystick we recommend is the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro.
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Supplies included are:
  • An aviation plotter
  • E6B Flight computer (similar to a circular slide rule)
  • The three aviation charts used in the course
  • A walk-along glider
  • A digital download X-Plane 10 flight simulator for Alaska

  • Please note: Some supplies are non-refundable. Please contact us for details. The plotter, E6B, and aviation charts are all professional quality. The X-Plane 10 simulator is the best home simulator on the market. 

    Because supplies are shipped directly from the publisher, they will use the same method (USPS Priority Mail) which may differ from the method you choose for your Timberdoodle order.

    System Requirements:
    The course itself is online, so the only requirements are really a browser and access to the internet.
    One of the components, however, is the X-Plane 10 Flight Simulator. That is a program that you download for use in the course and it does have system requirements.

    X-Plane 10 Simulator System Requirements:
    Given X-Plane’s incredible capabilities and accuracy, it is not possible to run a current release of X‑Plane on an exceptionally old computer. A good rule of thumb is that any machine built in the last 18 to 24 months will probably be able to run the simulator acceptably. Computers up to about 36 months old may be fine if they were top-of-the-line machines when manufactured. Even if they weren’t, X‑Plane may still be able to run, albeit with its rendering options turned down.

    X-Plane 10 requires a computer with at least the following specifications:

  • Dual Core, 2.5 GHz or faster
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • A video card with at least 1 GB of VRAM
  • 10 GB of hard drive space

  • However, for the best experience, we recommend the following:
  • a Quad Core, 3.0 GHz or faster processor
  • 16–20 GB of RAM
  • a high-performance, DirectX 11-capable video card with at least 4 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM.
  • 10 GB of hard drive space

  • To find your computer’s CPU speed and amount of RAM, Mac users can simply open the Apple Menu and click “About This Mac.”

    For Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, you can open the Start menu and type System to search for the Control Panel’s “System” item. Opening this will display the processor, its speed, and the amount of RAM installed. Windows XP users can get the same information by:
  • Opening the Start menu
  • Selecting the Control Panel
  • Clicking Performance and Maintenance, and
  • Clicking System.

  • X-Plane depends most heavily on single thread CPU performance, but it will also take advantage of multiple cores or distinct processors – 4 are recommended. 16 GB of RAM is usually adequate, but 20 GB may be needed for the most complex custom scenery packages. Likewise, highly detailed custom scenery can use as much as 4 GB of VRAM at the maximum settings.

    Note: X‑Plane 10 does not support PowerPC-based Macs, or versions of OS X prior to 10.6.8.

    Publisher: AV-STEM
    Faith-Based: No

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    Worth the price!
    Very specific issue with the "moral highground" of this science based course.

    Hi Erica,
    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review! We appreciate the time you invested in this. We reached out to the author and I must apologize that this review program does not allow much in the way of formatting at all, but his answers are below in parentheses and hopefully, that will clarify where his responses are:

    '(The information in that lesson is very much aviation-related. I have responded in the body of the email. That is not religious and, as stated in the lesson, these are the number one reasons young people I worked with did not reach their aviation goals.)

    I was extremely excited for my daughter to do this course when we ordered the NON religious
    (The curriculum is non-religious)
    curriculum kit for 8th grade. After watching young people e overview she also excited to learn. The first lesson 'Dream Killers' left us with a very, very bad taste in our mouth. Honestly, I was angry. The gentleman talked about what things could contribute to killing your dreams and lists alcohol, drugs, and bad relationships. While I do NOT disagree I do feel that these lessons should not be taught in an aviation course.
    (These are the very things that have kept countless young people from pursuing their aviation dreams! That is not an opinion. I have been doing this for many years and these are young people I have worked with.)
    NO. This does not apply to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. These are life lessons. Peoples lives and personal experiences should not be discussed in a course like this in this way. The story of the pilot who lost his license to fly because he decided to have a drink and then move his plane they explain was due to alcohol consumption. I'm sorry but his DECISION to drink is what brought him there so irresponsible behavior is what led him to loosing his license.
    (This is a true story reported in an aviation journel. The Federal Aviation Regulations do not allow this and that is why he lost his license. A student needs to know that the FAA takes these things seriously.)
    He then goes on to talk about how drugs and bad relationships can kill your dreams and gave an example of a young man who got into a bad relationship subsequently a bad marriage and found himself a father to....what a baby he should have never had apparently?
    (Not blaming the baby! Hi has now been through 4 marriages and is an alcoholic. He was an incredible student with talent and a dream.)
    Awesome, I'm sure whoever that was really appreciated you calling his child a mistake.
    (I did not call his child a mistake. The main point was that the wrong relationships kept him from pursuing his dreams.)
    I was so disgusted I fast-forwarded through the entire video with the closed caption on watching in disbelief as this man shoved his opinions and judgment into my face.

    I will be continuing with the program because my daughter really wants to learn about the avionics but I will be previewing the entire course to make sure that she skips over anything like this that may exist in the rest of the videos. I should not have to do this. This content does not belong in an educational, instructional video that is based in science and technology.

    If it wasn't included in the 8th grade kit, I would be asking for a refund.


    We hope this helps to hear some of the behind the scenes reasoning.

    --Hope from the Timberdoodle Team

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