Take to the skies with MOMENTUM's Aviation Pathway

Our comprehensive aviation program offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, designed to ignite a passion for aviation in students of all backgrounds. Whether you're dreaming of piloting commercial airliners, exploring the world of aerospace engineering, or mastering unmanned aerial systems, MOMENTUM has you covered.

Students will learn to fly with state-of-the-art flight simulators, hands-on experience poldrone piloting and real-world flying experiences, students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to soar to new heights in their aviation careers.

At Minnetonka, the sky isn't the limit—it's just the beginning.

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Aviation Feature

High School Students Reach for the Sky

Lake Minnetonka Magazine featured the MOMENTUM Aviation program in its March 2024 issue. Read more about how students' dreams are taking flight.

The MOMENTUM Experience

This program is your gateway to mastering the engineering process, honing your problem-solving skills, and exploring the innovations that have propelled the aviation and aerospace industries to new heights.

From the pioneering designs of the earliest flying machines to the sophisticated technology behind modern aircraft, gain a comprehensive historical perspective and understand the critical role aviation plays in our world today.

But it's not all theory; MOMENTUM's Aviation pathway also offers an immersive, hands-on experience. You'll get to navigate flight simulators, pilot drones, and even take control in the cockpit of a real airplane.

Aviation Pathway

Suggested course sequence for aviation

Career Opportunities:

  • Airport Operations
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airplane Maintenance (A & P)
  • Flight Attendant
  • Avionics

Course Credit:

  • Intro to Aviation: Flight Simulation
    • 0.5 elective credit
  • Intro to Aviation: UAS (Drones)
    • 0.5 elective credit
  • Flight Instruction Through Time: Navigating Aviation
    • 1.0 social studies credit
    • 1.0 elective credit
  • Flight Training I
    • 1.0 elective credit


Course Spotlight - Foundational Courses

A foundation in either flight simulation and/or drone operation is the first step in building your aviation pathway at Minnetonka!

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Introduction to Aviation: Flight Simulation
This course provides a foundation in flying, aviation careers and history. Students will learn about the engineering process, problem solving, and innovations and technological developments that led to the aviation and aerospace industries of today. Students will experience hands-on problem-solving activities that serve as an fun introduction to aviation.

Students will also gain historical perspective from earliest flying machines to modern aircraft and the integral role aviation plays in today’s world. This is a hands-on course and you will learn to fly on simulators as well as take flight in a real airplane.

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Introduction to Aviation: UAS (Drone) Operation

This course provides a comprehensive education in drone technology, regulations and practical flight skills. Students will gain hands-on flying experience, engage in flight simulation exercises, and obtain their recreation drone pilot certificate.  By the course’s conclusion, they will be prepared to pass the FAA Remote Pilot test, becoming a certified commercial drone pilot. The class combines classroom instruction with practical training, offering access to drone simulation, actual drone flying and flight simulation. 

Upon completion, students will possess the knowledge and skills to safely and legally fly drones, positioning them for careers in the expanding field of drone technology.

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