Pathway Outline:

The Pathway:

Career Focus Aviation – This class is an introduction to the world of Aviation offered for Freshmen only.  It will highlight many of the elite career opportunities available in the Aviation industry.  We will also discuss Aviation’s timeline from its wild beginnings to the exciting future still being unveiled!  There has never been a better time to seek out these prolific and lucrative Aviation careers! 

Aviation I – Open to Sophomores through Seniors, Aviation I stays broad enough to be interesting and relevant to anyone interested in Aviation but begins to focus on content necessary for Pilots (manned and unmanned aircraft), Air Traffic Controllers, and Aerospace Engineers.  This is still a great place for students thinking about Aviation Maintenance Technology, Drone Usage and Careers, Military Opportunities, and much more.  Students will begin simulator training to learn flight training techniques and experience hands-on Aviation learning. 

Aviation II – Students enrolling in this class must first complete Aviation I at Canyon.  Students will learn about Aerodynamics, Weather, Aircraft Components and Systems, Radio Communications, FAA Regulations, Navigation, Flight Planning, Aeromedical Factors and more.  At the end of the course, students are eligible to take the FAA written exam required for a Private Pilot’s license.  Throughout the year students will complete simulator training as well. 

Professional Internship – Students who are enrolled in Aviation II or already completed it can intern at an Aviation business!  We have had Aviation students intern with companies in Aerospace Engineering, Aircraft Maintenance, and a Flight School so far.  Students tell me their desired job and I help them find it. 


Ways You Can Help:

1.  Provide Grant or Scholarship money for classroom technology, field trips, or individual students enrolled in the program.

2.  Guest speakers that are willing to share their experiences and insights with the class or teach a lesson in class content.

3.  Work Place Learning/Tour opportunities that would allow students to see aviation facilities, processes, and personnel in an aviation or aerospace environment.

4.  Donate materials.


Next Steps:

If you have ideas or a willingness to get involved, please email me with your contact information so we can talk!

All donations made to Canyon HS Aviation are tax deductible!


Steve Smith - Aviation Instructor, Instrument-Commercial Pilot and CFII, CHS Activities Dir.



Program Director: Steve Smith