Innovations International Charter School of Nevada has the pleasure of being one of the first schools in the country to adopt the AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Curriculum. This four year high school elective program is available for all eligible high school students and builds the knowledge required to become a pilot at the end of the course.
The AOPA curriculum program consists of the Pilot Pathway. The difficulty of the course work increases each consecutive year, starting at ninth grade and continuing through twelfth grade, building upon the knowledge required to become a private pilot, commercial pilot, and/or ATP (airline transport pilot) pilot. A UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) Pilot Pathway is also part of the curriculum providing students with the knowledge of unmanned aircraft systems leading up to certification per FAA Part 107 UAS certification.
Upon completion and graduation of the four year program, students become eligible to apply to the American Airlines Cadet Academy. If accepted, American Airlines will pay the full cost of the students' flight training in the form of student loans. The student is only responsible for the repayment of the loans if they become employed as a commercial airline pilot with American Airlines.
As an additional component of the curriculum, students will be able to gain flight experience through a flight simulator. Flight simulation includes replicating the equations that govern how aircraft fly, how they react to applications of flight controls, the effects of other aircraft systems, and how the aircraft reacts to external factors such as air density, turbulence, wind shear, cloud conditions, and precipitation. This hands-on experience is vital to the success of our students in this advanced program.