This FREE course has been designed to inspire towards, and educate students about, a career as an Aviator. This program consist of introductory level courses, which will provide a brief overview of what an actual Flight School would be like. This program does not provide any level of certification, and cannot be used as a substitution for courses provided by a certified schoolhouse. It is merely intended to see if the student has the desire and/or capability to become a pilot, without spending any money. “Try it before you buy it.”
Please allow for approximately 10 minutes for entry of the Museum, and walking to the classroom. Each session will consist of approximately 30-45 minutes of ground school, with the remaining time spent on the simulators applying newly learned concepts. During the simulated flight time, each student will receive one-on-one instruction from a current or former military, commercial, private pilot, or a flight simulation expert.
This class is designed for local public/private school students, and will consist of six (6) sessions scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of two (2) consecutive weeks. Classes will be from 3:45- 5:15 PM. This time was select based on the dismissal time of the schools in the local area, and when the Museum closes. Please note that the earlier all six students arrive (earliest possible start time is 3:00 PM), the more flying time will be allowed during the second half of each session.
23 Feb 21 – 4 Mar 21
4 May 21 – 13 May 21
18 May 21 – 27 May 21
These classes will consist of six (6) sessions, two (2) sessions per day, scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the same week. Classes will be from 9:30-11:30 AM and 12:30-2:30 PM. Lunch will not be provided.
7 Jun – 9 Jun 21
14 Jun – 16 Jun 21
12 Jul – 14 Jul 21
19 Jul – 21 Jul 21
9 Aug – 11 Aug 21
16 Aug – 18 Aug 21
These classes consist of six (6) sessions, held on Saturday and Sunday, with three (3) sessions each day, 9:30-11:30 AM, 12:30-2:30 PM, and 2:30-4:30 PM. This class is intended for out of town/state students, enabling their parents to schedule a weekend trip to the Dayton area. More weekend classes will be scheduled for the fall of 2021.
13 Mar – 14 Mar 21
27 Mar – 28 Mar 21
Complex Aircraft 201
This course is designed to transition the student from flying a basic aircraft (Cessna 172) to flying a more complex aircraft (Mooney Bravo), which is a step up in both capability and speed. This course is still an introductory level course, which will provide a brief overview of what flying a more complex aircraft would consist of. This course does not provide any level of certification, and cannot be used as a substitution for courses provided by a certified schoolhouse.
Students must have graduated Intro Pilot 101 in order to attend this course. Classes will consist of three (3) sessions, scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the same week. Classes will be from 3:45 PM until 5:15 PM, however if all of the students can arrive early (earliest possible start time is 3:00 PM) class will start early, leaving more time for the simulators. Additional offerings of this course will be scheduled for the fall of 2021.
13 Apr – 15 Apr 21
Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.
Session 1 - Course Introduction, Taxi and Take-off
Session 2 - Climbs, Descents and Turns
Session 3 - Slow Flight, Stall Recognition and Recovery
Session 4 - Traffic Patterns and Landing Procedures
Session 5 - Navigation and Dead Reckoning
Session 6 - Cross Country Flight
Uniform requirement for this course for the last day of class, is the dress uniform for JROTC and CAP organizations; a class photo will be taken. For other Youth Organizations, the equivalent dress uniform is appropriate. All other training days, and for those not in one of these organizations, their clothing needs to be clean, tidy, and “school” appropriate.
The first 6 qualified respondents will be placed in each class. An addition 2 students will be placed on a waiting list. However because the curriculum builds on the previous class session(s), once class starts, the waiting list goes away.
To register, send an email with the subject line “Introduction to Becoming a Pilot” to NMUSAF.MUT.IntroPilot@us.af.mil. Please include the student’s name, age, the name of a parent or guardian for contact purposes, an email address, and a phone number. Please provide the class number for your preferred class; we will do our best to accommodate, but there is no guarantee.
If you are a JROTC, CAP, or other youth organization that wishes to schedule 6 students for a specific class, please identify this in your email. For groups, please e-mail your request at least a month in advance.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)