Intro to Aviation Course
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.
Please note: The plotter, E6B, and aviation charts are all professional quality. The X-Plane 10 simulator is the best home simulator on the market.
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:
However, for the best experience, we recommend the following:
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:
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.
I really debated ordering this course due to the cost, but eventually bit the bullet after my son kept expressing interest. I have zero regrets. It is undoubtedly my son't favorite part of homeschooling this year and we will be sad when it's over. (My son has said that they mention a possible follow on course during the lectures. That would be awesome.) My son is 13 and has had no problem navigating the course on his own. He gets up early each day, does his traditional work, eats lunch and then does aviation for an hour or two, sometimes even more. My son just told me, "I really enjoy flying and am now thinking of pursuing an aviation career, because of this course." I (the mother) have listened in on occasion to the lectures and was happy to hear a bit of history, math, and engineering all mixed together. I love the positive attitude and "life advice" that the teachers express in the lectures.
My son completed this curriculum, and it is amazing! Well worth the cost! He loved it! He learned so many valuable aviation skills, as well as learning about many aviation careers. And if you're interested in Alaska, the course utilizes many flights within Alaska, which will also teach your student a lot about Alaskan geography. The course is DEFINITELY enough hours for 1 full high school credit, if not more. Our State-funded home school program granted a full high school credit for this course.