Joseph aviation program earns $12,000 grant

The Redbird TD2 represents a generic single engine piston aircraft. With the TD2, students can choose to fly with or without retractable landing gear, constant speed propeller and/or a high performance engine.

The New Heights Aviation Program at Joseph Charter School has received a $12,000 grant from American Airlines to support the flight simulation portion of its program.

New Heights will purchase two Redbird TD2 simulators along with a simulation curriculum with the grant money.

The curriculum is STEM-based, integrates science, technology, engineering and math, and is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. The curriculum will tie in, or create scaffolding for, the association’s Learn to Fly curriculum used by Joseph Charter High School students.

The emphasis of the simulator program is to expose young students to aerospace and aviation and create a feeder program for the high school aerospace program, post-secondary flight training and eventually commercial and airline transport pilot ratings.

The simulation program will focus both on the science of flight and actual hands-on experience.

Principal Sherri Kilgore and Supt. Lance Homan will travel to Dallas to accept the grant in December.

In addition to providing curriculum for the Learn to Fly program, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has awarded $5,000 scholarships to 22 students selected from a pool of 1,300 applicants nationwide in the 2018 You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarship Program.

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