Curious about aviation but don’t know where to start? Then Aeronautical Explorations is for you! 

Aeronautical Explorations is a three-week summer program for Washington State rising 9th–12th graders who are, or might be, interested in a future in the aviation industry but may not know exactly the pathway they wish to pursue. This program will expose you to many different careers in the aviation industry including, air traffic control, airline dispatch, professional pilot, airport management, unmanned aerial systems and more. All at no cost!

This highly engaging course provides opportunities to learn from and interact with exciting guest speakers from the aerospace industry and includes access to The Museum of Flight’s state-of-the-art simulator lab in the Aviation Learning Center.

Hands-on projects include researching and presenting on a major airline, learning to fly drones and the basics of designing an airport. All taught by aviation industry professionals and educators!

Aeronautical Explorations will help you build a foundation in aviation that will help you excel regardless of the career pathway you choose to pursue.

Note: Because this is a public school class, we are only able to serve residents of Washington State.

Program Information:

Dates: June 29 through July 19, 2023 (No class on Tuesday, July 4.)
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM; Monday-Friday
Location: The Museum of Flight and Raisbeck Aviation High School (adjacent to the Museum)
Age: Rising 9th-12th grade students (must be a resident of Washington State)

Note: Participants must provide their own transportation to and from The Museum of Flight.

Program Fee: No Cost
Credits: Participants will receive .5 high school CTE credits through the Puget Sound Skills Center (To qualify, participants cannot miss more than two days of class.)

Why Should You Sign-up?

  • You'll have the opportunity to earn high school credit
  • You will build your resume to stand out to college admissions representatives, future employers and in scholarship applications
  • You'll develop a network of aerospace professionals who will help you get to where you want to go
  • You'll receive help to prepare for the FAA Commercial Drone Part 107 Exam, if that is your goal
  • You'll receive an at no cost Connections membership for unlimited admission to the Museum (until age 19)
  • You'll become eligible to apply for Museum of Flight scholarships
  • You'll be instructed by not your “ordinary” teachers but aviation professionals who understand what careers in aerospace can do for your future

How to Apply:

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023 summer session. 

Please email to be put on the 2024 summer session interest list.

Questions? Please email