Did you know you can fly a plane before you can drive a car? Learn what flying is all about — explore the milestones in aviation history, the science of how planes fly, and the different careers available in aviation. Use electronic aids to create flight plans, navigate, check weather conditions, observe real time flights, and calculate aircraft performance. Learn about how airplanes are built, and try out actual airplane rivet tools on aircraft aluminum. We’ll visit the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) and tour open cockpits of historic aircraft from the Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Top Gun, as well as an operating FAA Control Tower, and we’ll meet and hear from accomplished pilots. Back on campus you’ll learn drone safety, and then work in teams building and flying drones.
Advance reservations are required.
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$215.00 per student.
This course provides a broad-spectrum introduction to aviation, with classroom learning, a field trip, and hands-on experience with drones.
The class meets on the Sonoma State University campus. Full information available when you register in advance.
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. He has taught Aviation, Meteorology, and Geography at the Santa Rosa Junior College for the past 33 years.
Early registration is encouraged as enrollment is limited.
EXCEL is a unique summer academic enrichment program on the Sonoma State University campus, that offers students entering grades 4-9 (fall 2019) over 60 interactive classes in science, technology, engineering, the arts and more! EXCEL is distinctively focused towards fostering and developing essential 21st Century and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration in a hands-on, interactive, fun campus environment! EXCEL, an award-winning program, celebrates its 37th year this summer at Sonoma State, and has served over 23,000 students since 1982.