Introducing a New Academy for High School Aeronautics Enthusiasts!



Ross School has partnered with Coastal Air, a flight school with over 45 years of experience in the industry, to offer a unique opportunity for high school students interested in pursuing a career in aviation.

Students will combine their studies of Ross School’s integrated, interdisciplinary Spiral Curriculum with an in-depth flight training program designed to prepare them to earn their pilot’s license while still in high school. Three yearlong courses cover a full range of flight training both in the air and on the ground, from solo flight, to pilot licensure, to instrument rating.

Aviation Academy students engage in Ross School’s unique interdisciplinary core curriculum each day, followed by afternoons that are divided between flight and ground school. Upon successful course completion, students will have gained approximately 75 hours of flight time and will safely perform a solo aircraft flight.




Flight 1: Solo Aviation


Flight 1 is designed to introduce students to the exciting field of aviation. The program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to pursue flying as either career or hobby.

Flight 1 Features

  • Primary flight training

  • Introduction to flying (ground school)

  • Training materials

  • 75 hours of flight time

  • Solo flight experience (subject to age limits)

Note: Minimum age to fly solo is 16 years old; students may enroll in Flight 1 at 15 if they will turn 16 during the school year.


Flight 2: Private Pilot’s License

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have their private pilot’s license and be authorized to fly single-engine airplanes carrying passengers during visual flight rules (VFR) weather conditions.

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Flight 2 prepares students to earn their private pilot’s license with a structured ground and flight training program. A sequence of ground and flight lessons build from basic awareness and elementary concepts and skills to a higher level of physical skills as well as deeper knowledge and risk management tools. Students gain a keen understanding of risks associated with flying and learn how to manage those risks. Flight 1 is not a required prerequisite for Flight 2, but is helpful to students pursuing their license.

Flight 2 Features

  • FAA private pilot flight training

  • FAA private pilot ground school

  • Training materials

  • 75 hours of flight time

  • FAA examination fees

  • FAA private pilot’s license upon completion of course (subject to age limits)

Note: Minimum age for private pilot check ride is 17 years old; students may enroll in Flight 2 at age 16 but will not be able to take their check ride until they turn 17.



Flight 3: Instrument Rating

Upon successful completion of Flight 3, students will be Instrument Rated: qualified to be “Pilot-in-Command” of flights conducted under Instrument Flight Rules.

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Flight 3 is designed for students who possess a private pilot’s license and wish to become Instrument Rated. Additional flight time allows students to build on basic instrument skills while adding experience with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations. Students combine precise aircraft control, navigation, and ATC communications and develop the skills to achieve confidence in this demanding environment. They will gain an understanding of the additional risks associated with instrument flying and how to manage and mitigate those risks. The ground training portion of this course prepares students for the FAA knowledge test and the oral portion of the FAA practical test.

Flight 3 Features

  • FAA instrument rating flight training

  • FAA instrument rating ground school

  • Training materials

  • 75 hours of flight time

  • FAA examination fees

  • FAA instrument rating certification upon completion of course (subject to age limits)