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Aviation Technology

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
This Pathway prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to the operation, flying, and navigation of commercial aircraft. This program operates on the basis of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations.

You Will Learn
  • The fundamentals of flight.
    (Includes the history of flight and airplane systems.)
  • The principles of aerodynamics.
    (Includes the four forces of flight, stability, and aerodynamics of maneuvering in flight.)
  • The elements of a flight environment.
    (Includes safety of flight, airports, aeronautical charts, and airspace.)
  • Communication and flight information.
    (Includes radar and air traffic control services, radio procedures, and sources of flight information.)

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Transportation & Material Moving: Aviation Technology - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
SkillsUSA is the student leadership organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Aircraft Pilot
  • Aircraft Service Technician
  • Commercial Pilot

Workforce Trends
Rising population and income will drive demand for airline travel and the need for commercial aviation workers. Those who have attended college for at least 2 years and have experience dealing with the public should have the best prospects.

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