Virginia Space Grant Consortium, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Averett University, Rick Aviation, and the Virginia Department of Aviation, is offers flight academies for selected high school students statewide in response to the looming national shortage of airline pilots and the growing need for aviation maintenance technicians and air traffic controllers.
This program allows students to explore aviation career fields while learning to fly! The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Aviation provide funding that permits the Pathways Flight Academies program to be offered free of charge to participants.
Academies are offered during the summer for students who have shown a passion for their career aspirations in becoming commercial pilots as well as an interest in STEM.
Students admitted to this intensive program undertake ground school and flight training that can culminate in their first solo flight at the end of the academy. Students must make themselves fully available for all activities during the program session for full participation in the program.