Aim High – Learn To Fly!
The Warrior Aviation Program is an Elective to introduce Cadets to the challenging and rewarding world of aviation. Whether Cadets wish to become professional pilots, aerospace design engineers, investigators, or aviation businessmen, this program will provide the path to their success. The academic track will leverage the superior STEM aspects currently offered at The Academy and will capitalize on the superb talent of our teaching methods and high quality educators. The Flight Track will lead Cadets into the cockpit for their first solo flight and on to earn their Private Pilot rating by the Federal Aviation Administration.
A 4-Year Course in Aviation Training
First-year Cadets are introduced to the boundless world of Aviation and Space Flight in Aviation Intro. Additionally, first-year Cadets will receive hands-on experience with The Academy’s Zephyr drone simulators and X-Plane Flight Simulator, while studying historical “Heroes of Flight,” and becoming familiar with numerous Pathways to Professionalism in the aviation field.
Second-year Cadets will dive into specific subjects presented in FAA-approved Ground School while perfecting their flying skills with our simulators and drones. Cadets will be able to choose their Pathway to Professionalism and begin to concentrate on specific aspects of their chosen field.
Third-year Cadets will be provided the requisite knowledge to pass the FAA Part 107 Commercial Drone license which allows the pilot to be hired commercially for popular opportunities such as real estate aerial photography or land mapping. They will learn the details of aircraft systems, Aeronautical Decision Making, and the three major factors related to manned flight – The Human Element, The Mechanical Element, and the Environmental Element. The Drone Zone will offer many flight opportunities with our Mavic Pro drones and culminate in building a drone from scratch, flight testing, and completing a race course.
Fourth-year Cadets enjoy immersion in their chosen pathway of professionalism. Prospective pilots concentrate on flying the Cessna 172 on one of our Redbird Basic Aviation Training Devices and will be exposed to all the knowledge required to pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test. They will be trained in all flight maneuvers required by the FAA Private Pilot Practical Test which will give them a head start in proficiency before they even get into an aircraft. Our campus is located near many airports which afford the Cadet opportunity to fly during the academic year as knowledge and simulator skills are acquired on campus.
The Warrior Aviation Program promises a head start on the path to a very successful college experience and future career.
Those who complete the course will not only be well-positioned to pass the Private Pilot written exam, but also prepared for college, future leadership roles, and a possible career in the Aviation sector.
The U.S. will soon need an average of 70 new pilots per day to overcome the rapid rate at which current pilots are retiring
Instructor: Kevin Moss, Retired Marine Lt. Col
Kevin Moss spent 22 years in aviation in the Marines including commander of the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 in Iraq from 2007-08. He was solely responsible for the leadership, training, mission effectiveness, and maintenance readiness of a combat-deployed heavy lift helicopter squadron consisting of 325 Marines and Sailors and 18 CH-53E helicopters. He deployed squadron to support combat operations in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and delivered all Marines and Sailors safely back to their families.
Moss has over 2600 hours of flight time garnered in the Fleet Marine Force and has experience as a Weapons & Tactics Instructor, Night Systems Instructor, Defensive Maneuvers Instructor, Instrument Instructor, Navy Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Instructor, and Maintenance Functional Check Instructor.
He also worked as an Adjunct Instructor at the Expeditionary Warfare School at USMC College of Distance Education & Training. Expeditionary Warfare School educates and trains company-grade officers to prepare them mentally, morally, and physically for billets of increased leadership across the Marine Corps and Joint Force.