Modeled on the Boeing Academy’s popular two-year Aeronautical Science Pathway (ASP) program, Aeronautical Explorations is a three-week online learning program for rising 9th – 12th graders who want to explore careers in the aviation industry.

This program will include a sampling of topics included in our regular Aeronautical Science Pathway courses—navigation, instrumentation, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, weather/meteorology, aeronautical careers, unmanned systems, and more. The program will give you a chance to learn from and interact with exciting guest presenters who are icons in the aerospace industry so you can start to chart your own course to an exciting career. Aeronautical Explorations will bring the Museum to you through engaging online learning, downloadable flight simulations, a joystick and your very own drone to fly!

This program is proudly sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Dates: Check back for summer 2021!

Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
Learning is guided by your teachers and includes independent and group projects, on and offline.

Fee: $499 (financial assistance is available)
Includes: course materials, downloadable flight simulation software, a joystick, and a drone to keep!

What to expect:

  • Week 1: Learn the basics and history of powered flight as you hear from professional pilots and engage in flight simulator activities.
  • Week 2: Explore aviation’s newest innovations while studying a pilot’s oldest foe. Flying drones and learning to navigate around bad weather are just the beginning. Learn from aviation professionals about dynamic career opportunities that may include flight operations, air traffic control, aircraft design and engineering!
  • Week 3: Wrap up this experience with more simulator instruction, more industry professionals, and exclusive looks into airport operations, aircraft performance and safety of flight.

In addition to exploring the aerospace industry and meeting industry icons, you will:

  • Have the possibility to earn credits or volunteer hours* from your resident high school!
  • Build a resume that stands out to college admissions representatives, future employers and in scholarship applications!
  • Develop a network of aerospace professionals who will help you get to where you want to go!
  • Have instructors available throughout the summer to help you prepare for the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam and/or the FAA Commercial Drone Part 107 Exam, if that is your goal!
  • Receive a FREE Connections membership for unlimited admission to the Museum once we reopen (until age 19)!
  • Be instructed by not your "ordinary" teachers but pilots who understand what careers in aerospace can do for your future!

*As a 75-hour course that is aligned with CTE standards, you will receive a certificate at course completion that includes the course standards common to an exploratory STEM course. It will be up to you to explore credit options with your high school counselor.

You will need a PC with the following minimum specs or greater (most any modern PC will work):

  • OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz or higher (single core)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX®9 compliant video card or greater, 256 MB video RAM or higher
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB available disk space

Both of these experienced pilots and educators are passionate about aviation, and they bring a unique skill set to their positions. Be assured that you will be learning from the best!

Mr. Michael Graham earned a Bachelor degree in Aviation Science from Utah Valley University and a Master's degree in Technology, Engineering & Education at Brigham Young University. Mr. Graham is a pilot and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) with multiple ratings and has taught at both the high school and college levels. He is the Lead Teacher/Coordinator for the Museum’s Aeronautical Science Pathway program which operates during the regular school year in partnership with Puget Sound Skills Center and Green River College.

Captain Coleman Boettger earned a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Operations at San Jose State University in California. After graduation, he went on to fly for two different airlines before joining Alaska Airlines where he flew the B-727 as a Flight Engineer and First Officer, followed by the MD-80 and B-737 as a Captain. Cumulatively, he has 38 years of flying with more than 25,000 hours of flight time. He is also a three-time Gold Seal Flight Instructor. Captain Boettger is a Certified Career & Technical Education instructor who has also taught both high school- and college-level courses. Currently, he instructs students in the Museum’s Year 2 Aeronautical Science Pathway program.

Questions? Please email

Proudly sponsored by

Delta Air Lines