Aviation Summer School

Two Courses that Teach Young Adults the Basics of Flight

Aviation Summer School

The Pacific Coast Air Museum is providing two unique educational experiences for 8th to 12th grade students who love aviation. Both Aviation Summer School courses meet several of the California State Standards in Social Studies, Science, and Math. If you're looking for summer activities for youth and young adults this is something certain to spark their imaginations and give them something fun and unique to brag about back at school. 

Advance reservations are required.

2018 Class Dates:

Course 1: To be announced
Course 2: To be announced.

The 2017 Aviation Summer School classes have been cancelled, but we expect to bring them back in 2018. Please check back for details.


$165.00 per student per course.
$330  per student for both courses.

Course Information:

Two 10-hour aviation courses are offered. Each syllabus provides five days of exciting classroom aviation activities.  Students may take one or both courses. Taking both courses includes two flights.

Both courses include:

Several guest speakers on specific subjects
A tour of the Pacific Coast Air Museum
Flying our flight simulator
Sitting in the cockpit of a mach-2 aircraft
And a local flight with one of the Museum’s FAA licensed pilots! *

Classes meet at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Get directions

Course 1: Aviation 101 (10 Hrs.) Summer, 2018


Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


  • Physics of Flight
  • History of Flight
  • Aircraft Powerplants
  • Hypoxia
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Aircraft Safety
Course 2: Aviation 102 (10 Hrs.) Summer, 2018


Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning
  • Weight and Balance
  • Aviation Careers


Instructor Art Hayssen is a 5-time NAFI Master Instructor, FAA FAASTeam Lead Representative in the North San Francisco Bay Area, ATP and active Flight Instructor since 1980.  With over 8,000 hours of flight instruction given, Art’s instructor certificate includes airplane single and multi-engine land and sea, and instrument ratings. Art is the recipient of an AOPA and eight FAA Flight Safety Awards.  He was designated as California’s first Master Instructor Emeritus. Art has taught Aviation, Meteorology, and Geography at the Santa Rosa Junior College for the past 33 years. He's a fully vetted, approved Merit Badge Counselor with Boy Scouts of America. Art is well qualified to teach your kids!

* About that flight: Students will get into the cockpit of a real aircraft, and experience everything from strapping in safely, to communicating with the control tower, to flying the pattern in preparation for landing. Nothing beats the thrill of feeling that engine rev for takeoff, and your child will experience it first-hand!

Registration Information:

Early registration is encouraged as enrollment is limited.


Registration instructions will be posted once the classes are scheduled. Please check back.


Contact Education Chair Dave Ford at 707-544-4437 or email wdf@sonic.net.


There’s always something great going on at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month,  special events throughout the year, and regular hot dog lunches. We host school field trips, special group tours, birthday parties, and family get-togethers, all among our collection of historic aircraft and educational exhibits.