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Exciting Test Pilot Academy in Hiller Aviation Museum

December 26, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Are you ready for the Test Pilot Academy? Earn a “pair of wings” badge afterwards.

For: Gr K – Gr 5

Test Pilot Academy Hiller Aviation Museum San Carlos Things to do

Embark on an exhilarating and transformative journey into the realm of aviation with the Test Pilot Academy, where participants are invited to join the ranks of the best of the best on a mission to experience the wonder of flight in cutting-edge aircraft. This immersive and hands-on academy is not just a program; it’s a doorway into the captivating world of aviation that promises to elevate your understanding and appreciation for the skills required to master the skies.

At the heart of the Test Pilot Academy is the commitment to providing participants with an authentic and comprehensive exploration of aviation. The curriculum is meticulously designed to cover a wide range of aircraft, offering a diverse and rich learning experience that goes beyond the basics. Participants have the extraordinary opportunity to delve into the intricacies of flight through flight simulation missions, where they pilot airplanes ranging from basic trainers to cutting-edge modern jet fighters. This hands-on approach allows participants to feel the rush of takeoff, the precision of navigation, and the thrill of landing—all within the safe confines of a sophisticated flight simulator.

The academy places a significant emphasis on understanding the vast array of aircraft used for different missions. The construction of flying and display aircraft models becomes a gateway to comprehending the nuances of aircraft design, functionality, and purpose. From the humble beginnings of basic trainers to the sleek and powerful profiles of modern jet fighters, participants gain a holistic perspective on the evolution of aviation technology and its diverse applications.

A standout feature of the Test Pilot Academy is the unparalleled access it provides to real airplanes and helicopters. Authentic cockpit checkouts offer participants an up-close and personal encounter with the inner workings of these remarkable flying machines. From sitting in the pilot’s seat to conducting pre-flight checks, participants receive hands-on training that transcends the virtual realm, providing an authentic glimpse into the daily life of a pilot.

The academy’s commitment to fostering a deep appreciation for the complexities of flight extends beyond the technical aspects. It is an invitation to launch an exciting flight of the imagination. The curriculum is not just about mechanics; it’s about instilling a sense of wonder and curiosity about the vast skies above. It encourages participants to dream big, to explore the uncharted territories of their imaginations, and to reach for the stars.

As participants navigate the various modules of the academy, they discover that it’s more than a course—it’s an adventure. It’s about breaking free from the constraints of gravity and soaring into the limitless expanse of the sky. It’s about conquering the fear of the unknown and embracing the excitement of discovery. Each lesson is a step closer to unlocking the secrets of flight, and every simulation mission is a leap into the boundless possibilities that aviation has to offer.

In essence, the Test Pilot Academy is a celebration of the magic of flight and the indomitable spirit of exploration. It is an invitation to those who dare to dream, to those who seek to push the boundaries of what is possible. So, launch your exciting flight of the imagination today with the Test Pilot Academy—where the sky is not the limit; it’s just the beginning of a thrilling journey into the wonders of aviation!

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About Hiller Aviation Museum

The Hiller Aviation Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, was opened to the public in 1998 by helicopter designer and inventor Stanley Hiller Jr. and features more than 50 aircraft from more than a century of aviation history. The museum is visited by over 108,000 people each year, including over 10,000 children from regional K-12 schools. Since opening, the museum has served over 1.7 million visitors. The Hiller Aviation Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

A unique cultural asset and lifelong learning resource for diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Museum celebrates the spirit of discovery and innovation of aviation pioneers whose creativity made the dream of flight a reality. Core museum programs for youth are based on state and national academic standards and support K-12 school curricula in history and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including interactive, hands-on programs developed in partnership with NASA.

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December 26, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070 United States
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