MAPS Air Academy Program

The MAPS Air Academy Program is designed to be an introduction to the field of aviation. It is
designed for students ages 10 and up with a parent, grandparent or guardian. The program runs
for 10-weeks and is typically conducted on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Each session consists of two seminars. The first seminar typically consists of a classroom
presentation with topics ranging from forces affecting flight, through air traffic control, from
aviation weather to flight planning. The second seminar involves “hands-on” computer-based
flight simulator tutorials and flights to introduce all participants (including parents) to the basics
of flight.


For students, the program combines S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and
mathematical) topics and concepts that students will be introduced to in school. For parents,
grandparents and guardians, the Air Academy provides you with a unique opportunity to
participate in a learning experience with your child – an opportunity that you will not often find.


Currently, there are three programs conducted annually, one in the Summer, one in the Fall, and
one in the Spring. Enrollment is limited to 12 individuals (6 students and 6 parents/grandparents/
guardians). For additional information contact the MAPS Director of Education, Reed Kimball, at or 330-896-6332