The Flight Center experience is broken down into four main components; Pre-Flight Briefing, Ground School, Activity Stations, and Post-Flight Debriefing. The Flight Center is designed to accomodate one class per day. The Flight Center curriculum is aligned to National and Arizona State Standards in all content areas.
Upon arriving at the Flight Center students receive a brief orientation of the facility. The principles of flight, terminology, and the basics of the airplane are reviewed from lessons taught in the classroom. All students are briefed on the day's activities.
After a brief practice flight, students take their “Flight Test” in the Hartel Trainers. After passing Ground School , the students are on their way to earning their flight simulator "Pilot's License".
After Ground School the students divide into five groups, each sent to a different activity station. They are given a log book where they record information at each station. Following the schedule, each group rotates to another activity station approximately every 30 minutes.
Wright's Runway of Discovery:
Here, students play the part of a scientist. Their goal is to complete as many of the seven experiments as possible. These experiments demonstrate various forces or Bernoulli's Principle. These forces along with Bernoulli's Principle are important to the flight of an airplane.
Computer Simulated Flight:
Using Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, students practice their flying skills on the computer. The "pilots" take off from Williams Gateway airport and practice landing at a nearby field. Pilots record the success of each flight in their "Pilot's Log Book".
At this center, students will be able to climb aboard the full motion flight simulator to take a "flight" with the aid of an instructor. Students describe their experience in their Log Book.
Night Vision Experience :(Lowell only) At this same station, students have the opportunity to peer into the darkened Night Vision Experience room and draw on a grid what they see.
Students take the controls in our helicopter simulator. This simulator is constructed using parts from a retired MD 500. A computer simulation program of the instrument panel was developed by Boeing engineers. Students will be instructed during this imaginary flight by a community or Boeing volunteer experienced in aviation.
The closing activity is a debriefing of the day's events with a question & answer session, a short video, and presentation of pilot “licenses” and completion certificates.