Aviation Science is a semester-long class that prepares students to pass the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Ground School Certification Exam, an initial requirement for anyone hoping to earn a pilot’s license. The course focuses on the study of aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, radio communication, and instrumentation as they relate to flying an airplane; each student takes between six and ten hours of flight training at Great Barrington Airport, located about five miles from the Berkshire campus. In addition to the semester-long classroom experience, students also have the opportunity to participate in the Aviation Science program's Pro Vita trip to Lakeland, Florida each March.
Passing The Test
In May 2018, 10 Berkshire students in the Aviation Science program passed the Federal Aviation Administration Knowledge Test for Private Pilot. Instructor Michael Lee, a native Australian and licensed commercial pilot with over two decades of flying experience, said it was the first time in the program's modern history that all students taking the exam passed.
Flying gives the kids a tremendous sense of accomplishment and makes them better decision makers. They realize that flying is the ultimate freedom and the ultimate responsibility at the same time. And then they start applying that principle to the rest of their lives.MICHAEL LEE
AVIATION SCIENCE teacher