Thursday, July 20, 2017
Flying with Doctor Aviation Review
Doctor Aviation I got really excited. Jacob and I flew on an airplane for the first time four years ago
from North Carolina to California and we both loved it, except changing planes in Atlanta, Georgia.
We've decided no matter where you're going to you have to go to the airport in Atlanta. Ha!! On our
flight home Jacob informed me that he wanted to be a pilot. Okay....and the investigating of what it
takes to be a pilot began. My father served in the United States Air Force so Jacob is an Air Force
even more excited to learn that Daryl Smith, also known as Doctor Aviation, was a pilot in the Air
Force for 24 years and a professor at the United States Air Force Academy. Two pluses to reviewing
this six month Aviation Online Training Videos course already.
What is Doctor Aviation?
Doctor Aviation is an online educational course that covers topics such as flight, aircraft
maintenance, air traffic control and how to run an airport. It is suggested for high school students or
adults. There are 15 sessions in this course which include videos broken down into technical trivia, a
notable figure in aviation and an important event in aviation. Each video is between 45 minutes to an
hour. There are printable guided notes and additional recommended resources for each video session.
A "Dashboard" will keep you on track during this course.
Session 1: Course Overview: The Aviation System
I. The Aircraft
Session 2: The Major Components of an Airplane
Session 3: Axes and Forces
Session 4: Why an Aircraft Flies: The Secret of Airfoils and Lift
Session 5: Why an Aircraft Turns, Pitches and Slides: The Flight Controls
II. Air Traffic Control
Session 6: How We See an Aircraft Miles Away: The Secrets of Radar
Session 7: The Air Traffic Cops: How Air Traffic Control Works
Session 8: Keep ‘Em Flying: Aircraft Maintenance – Propeller Engines
Session 9: Keep ‘Em Flying: Aircraft Maintenance – Jet Engines
IV. Airfield Operations
Session 10: The City in and of Itself: Running a Large Airport
Session 11: The Small Airport and Running an FBO
V. The Aircraft II
Session 12: Flying in the Clear and Not so Clear Air: VMC and IMC
Session 13: Important Pilot Instruments – Attitude Indicator
Session 14: Important Pilot Instruments – Airspeed Indicator
Session 15: Other Aviation Ships: Gliders, Helicopters, Airships
All of this can be yours for $99 for six months. The Doctor Aviation Course can be taken to earn half
high school credit.
How Did We Use It?
Well I thought Jacob would be excited about this course but not so much. I was able to get him to
watch one video and that was all he could watch. I watched/listened to the videos and I tried to do at
least one a week.
Would I Recommend It?
Yes I would definitely recommend it for someone interested in being a pilot or wanting to learn about
airplane or the industry. I suggest trying Session 1 free to show you what you will be getting and reading about what it's about.
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