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Class Description

Introduction to Becoming a Pilot Program

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.”



Class Schedule

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.

Traditional Class

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.



 2021A FULL

  5 Jan 21 – 14 Jan 21

 2021B FULL

 19 Jan 21 – 28 Jan 21


  9 Feb 21 – 18 Feb 21


  23 Feb 21 – 4 Mar 21

 2021H FULL

  16 Mar 21 – 25 Mar 21


  4 May 21 – 13 May 21


  18 May 21 – 27 May 21


Compressed Class

This class is designed for local home school students or for students from out of the area, and 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



   2021C FULL 

  1 Feb 21 – 3 Feb 21

   2021F FULL 

  8 Mar 21 – 10 Mar 21

   2021I FULL

  26 Apr 21 – 28 Apr 21


Weekend Class: Please note that in the spring of 2021, we plan to add weekend classes that will 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. Please keep an eye on our website for more information.


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


  • Must be between the ages of 14 and 18, and have an interest in becoming a pilot; exceptions will be handled on a case by case basis  
  • Must be able to attend all 6 sessions
  • Must have your own transportation to and from the Museum, transportation will not be provided
  • Must not have any physical limitations that will not permit safely entering and exiting the simulators

Attire for course

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.

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