About the Program...

Are you interested in aviation? Did you know that the global aviation industry will need more that 250,000 aircraft pilots over the next ten years and the commercial drone industry will create 100,000 jobs by 2025? AFJROTC Aviation STEM provides students with the opportunity to explore many careers in the aviation industry and earn their Drone Pilot Certification and ground training to become an aircraft private pilot. Students log actual flight time in a Cessna 172 airplane at Skyhaven Airport and in an FAA approved flight simulator at Spaulding High School.

Program Path

  • Optional - Exploratory Class

    • Journey into Aviation Through WWI (Semester Class)

    • Journey into Aviation WWII and Beyond (Semester Class)

  • Required - Exploratory Class

    • The Science of Flight: Physics of Flight (Semester Class)

  • Year 1

    • The Science of Flight UAS/Drone (Semester Class)

  • Year 2

    • Aviation Ground School (Full Year Course)


  • Commercial Drone Pilot Certificate

  • Private Pilot Knowledge Test Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration

Topics of Study

Science of Flight Topics of Study

  • Physics of Flight

  • Human Physiology in Flight

  • Basic Weather

  • Airspace

  • UAS/Drone Operations

  • Federal Aviation Flight Rules

Aviation Ground School Topics of Study

  • Airplane Systems and Aerodynamics

  • Flight Operations/Aviation Weather

  • Performance and Navigation

  • Integrating Pilot Knowledge and Skills

  • Careers in Aviation

  • Cessna 172 Flying Practical (Skyhaven Airport)

Career Pathways

Career Path

  • Commercial Drone Pilot

  • Commercial Airplane Pilot

  • Certified Flight Instructor

College Path

  • Bachelor of Science: Aero Unmanned Aircraft System Operations

  • Bachelor of Science: Aero Commercial Aviation

  • Bachelor of Science: Aero Air Traffic Management

College to Career Path

  • Government/Military UAS Operations

  • Airline Transport Pilot

  • Air Traffic Controller

Meet the Educators

Major Daniel Heeter


  • United States Air Force 20 years


  • Bachelor of Science Management/Organizational Theory

  • Master of Public Administration

  • Certified Flight Instructor

  • Commercial Pilot Certificate

  • UAS/Drone Pilot Certificate

Other Interests

  • Aviation, fly fishing, kayaking, and table tennis


  • United States Air Force 23 years


  • Associates Electrical Mechanical technology

  • Associates Human resources

  • Bachelor of Science Applied Studies/Social Studies

  • AFJROTC Gold Badge Instructor

Other Interests

  • Basketball, Table Tennis, Gardening and Traveling

SMSgt Joe Kerrigan

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