Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Doctor Aviation: A TOS Crew Review

Doctor Aviation
Doctor Aviation

For homechool high school electives... the sky's the limit!  Bentz Test Laboratory has been exploring the world of aviation with Doctor Aviation , a six-month online aviation course.  

This easy-to-use, online program offers 15 lessons that cover a wide range of topics involving aviation - airplanes, aviation history and even airport management.  It is suitable for a wide variety of ages - from teens to adults.

Dr. Aviation Intro Video from Daryl Smith on Vimeo.

Each lesson contains a 45-60 minute video with three sections:

  • Technical Trivia - the way airplanes and airports work.  
  • Notable Innovators  - famous pilots and aircraft designers - i.e Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart just to name a few. 
  •  Legendary Events/Aircraft - a famous event or aircraft in aviation history  - i.e the Boeing 747 or the First  Solo Transatlantic Flight

The videos include diagrams, and slides as well as,  Dr. Aviation -a former Air Force pilot and instructor with over 20 years of experience, speaking directly to the student.  The videos are very well done, and highly interesting! Once logged in, the student can access any lesson (going back to review if they wish) - however, the program will keep track of your progress.

In addition to the video lessons, each lesson includes Guided Notes and To Learn More PDF downloads.  

The Guided Notes are straight forward, filling in the blanks style.  It's a great way to interact with what they are hearing, and practice note taking skills.  The only comment my tester had is he wishes that spelling of names would appear on screen, to help with completing the form.
We printed out the notes and kept them in a binder for future review.

The "To Learn More" is included for each lesson with additional resources the student can use to dive deeper.  Books, articles (with internet links), videos and further study ideas are included with every lesson.

My tester is a Senior in highschool ( did that happen?)  He is fascinated with aviation, and is potentially considering a career.  This program arrived at just the right time!

He is completing all the lessons, and will be incorporating activities and reading from the To Learn More resources to earn a 1/2 credit for his transcript. He has really enjoyed the material - it's a great introduction to all areas of aviation.  He likes it so much, he's spending much of his summer studying it on his own!   It's the highest endorsement a high school student can give...

Here's a preview of what the course covers - you can watch the first lesson for free here:

I. The Aircraft

2. The Major Components of an Airplane
3. Axes and Forces
4. Why an Aircraft Flies: The Secret of Airfoils and Lift
5. Why an Aircraft Turns, Pitches, and Flies: The Flight Controls

II. Air Traffic Control

6. How We See an Aircraft Miles Away: The Secrets of Radar
7. The Air Traffic Cops: How Air Traffic Control Works

III. Maintenance

8. Keep 'Em Flying: Aircraft Maintenance - Propeller Engines
9. Keep 'Em Flying: Aircraft Maintenance - Jet Engines

IV. Airfield Operations

10. The City in and of Itself: Running a Large Airport
11. The Small Airport and Running an FBO

V: The Aircraft II

12.  Flying in the Clear and Not so Clear Air: VMC and IMC
13. Important Pilot Instruments – Attitude Indicator
14.  Important Pilot Instruments – Airspeed Indicator
15.  Other Aviation Ships: Gliders, Helicopters, Airships

This is not only a very well done program, but Dr. Aviation actually donates 70% of his revenues to "Young Life, Cru, Campus Outreach and other organizations working to restore wholeness to America's youth; the future of our country"  I love supporting organizations with this mission!  Thank you Dr. Aviation!!

Find Doctor Aviation on Social Media:

Facebook: Tag: @doctoraviation
Twitter: Tag: @draviationguy

Hashtags: #hsreviews #Aviation, #AviationHistory, #DoctorAviation

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