Pathways to Aviation
The aviation curriculum provides students with a holistic view of the aviation industry instilling a solid foundation in aviation history, aircraft recognition, and literature. Students will have an opportunity to experience firsthand aspects of aviation through four distinct pathways: flight science, aerospace engineering, aviation maintenance, and aviation business administration.
The Sky’s The Limit!
Our aviation flight science program provides students with the necessary fundamentals to conduct flight training. Beginning junior year, students participating in the flight science track are enrolled in private pilot ground school with the goal of completing their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Knowledge Examination. Students that successfully complete the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam will be afforded access to our Cessna 172 to conduct flight training toward their Private Pilot Certification during their senior year at West Michigan Aviation Academy. Continuing in this track as seniors, students participate in our Advanced Aviation and Instrument Flight academic classes.
STEM In Action
Our aerospace engineering program is a result of a partnership with Eastern Michigan University utilizing a nationwide curriculum called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW curriculum prepares students through the integration of engineering principles with hands on activities related to many different facets of aviation. The aviation maintenance pathway takes advantage of the world class facility located at the Kent Aviation Center (KAC). Students that elect the opportunity to participate in the Kent Career Technical Center (KCTC) aviation program will be immersed in a hands on learning environment exploring Airframe & Propulsion Mechanics (A&P) maintenance or Aviation Avionics.
It’s Just Business
Finally, students that are interested in the business component of aviation will participate in our aviation business administration pathway. Being uniquely located at Gerald R. Ford International, our school allows frequent interaction with aviation professionals on a routine bases. The rich academic environment that industry expertise brings to our aviation business administration courses is an experience high school students can appreciate through tying academic concepts to the real world.