Our Programs

Wright Flight currently offers three different programs, all of which culminate with special recognition for each successful student.  Teachers from schools interested in participating in Wright Flight programs should contact us to assist with proposal development to their administration to offer our programs. Students in all programs must:

  • complete a pledge to remain substance (drug, tobacco and alcohol) free for the entirety of the program
  • complete a contract that is approved by their teacher which specifies academic and/or behavioral improvement goals as well as the steps necessary to achieve the goals
  • participate in the video lessons for each course and complete chapter readings and additional activities
  • pass the final exam for each course with the minimum acceptable score

 

Minuteman (Recommended for 4th – 8th Grades)

 

The Minuteman program consists of six lessons that cover topics such as the origin of the Air National Guard, how the Wright Brothers used hard work and experimentation to successfully achieve manned flight, and women in aviation among other topics.

 

Students who adhere to the substance free pledge, complete their contractual goals as determined by their teachers, and pass the final exam with a grade of 80% or better are provided with a ground-based aviation event that is selected at the discretion of Wright Flight’s Executive Director.

 

Graduation events may include a special guided tour of the Pima Air and Space Museum, a tour of a local military facility, or other similar aviation themed event.  Each student receives a snack/lunch, certificate and Minuteman T-shirt that is available only to Wright Flight graduates.

 

History of Aviation (Recommended for 5th – 12th Grades) Please note: This course is pre-requisite for the Voyager program

The History of Aviation course consists of nine lessons that provide an overview of major milestones in aviation.  The curriculum starts with the first flight by the Wright Brothers and ends with the dawning of the space age and Space Shuttle program.

 

Students who adhere to the substance free pledge, complete their contractual goals as determined with their teachers, and pass the final exam with a grade of 85% or better are awarded the privilege of flying a light aircraft with a volunteer pilot.  Upon landing, each student receives a snack, commemorative photo, certificate and a special Wright Flight History T-shirt that is available only to Wright Flight graduates.

 

Voyager (Recommended for 6th – 12th Grades) Please note: Students must have completed the Wright Flight History of Aviation course prior to beginning the Voyager program

The Voyager program consists of eight lessons and was created in response to student enthusiasm for the History program and the desire to fly again. The Voyager program focuses on aviation pioneers such as the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindberg, and Amelia Earhart and concludes with “last first in aviation” – the flight of the Voyager by Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager.

 

After learning about pioneers in aviation, the students are introduced to basic aviation and navigational skills. They learn how to plot and plan their own flight on an aeronautical chart which, upon successful completion of the program, the student will use to navigate during their Fly Day.

 

Students who adhere to the substance free pledge, complete their contractual goals as determined with their teachers, and pass the final exam with a grade of 85% or better are awarded the privilege of flying a light aircraft with a volunteer pilot. in a light aircraft with a volunteer pilot where the student navigates the aircraft.  Upon landing, each student receives a snack, commemorative photo, certificate and a Voyager T-shirt that is available only to Wright Flight graduates.