Flying is definitely not one of my favorite things to do. I hate turbulence, and even though I know it’s irrational, every time there is turbulence, I worry that the plane will crash. Recently, I’ve been trying to put my fears to rest by learning more about planes and how they work thanks to the aviation online training videos provided by Doctor Aviation.
About Doctor Aviation
Doctor Aviation is an online course that teaches learners of all ages, from high school through adult, about the field of aviation. The course is hosted by Daryl Smith, aka “Doctor Aviation”, who has over 2,000 flying hours, was in the Air Force for 24 years, and is currently a college professor.
The course is comprised of five major units and 15 sessions:
- The Air Craft
- Air Traffic Control
- Airfield Operations
- The Aircraft II
(To see what is covered in each session, go here.)
There are three parts to each session:
- Technical Trivia
- Notable Innovators
- Legendary Aircraft / Events
Each session runs approximately 45 to 70 minutes. Also included are guided notes for the session and resources to learn more about the topic covered in the session.
The notable innovators for the sessions I watched are:
- Wilbur and Orville Wright
- General Chuck Yeager (He is covered in two different sessions.)
- Amelia Earhart
The dashboard of the course shows how long you’ve been enrolled in the course as well as your course progress. (I loved keeping track of this!)
My Experience Using Doctor Aviation
I used this course at night, after the kids were in bed. While I appreciated the information in the Technical Trivia, the part that I really loved was the notable innovators section. Doctor Aviation really delves into each aviator’s life and how they made an impact in the field of aviation. The part of me that loves human interest stories loved this section. Plus, it helped bring the field of aviation to life for me.
This course could count for 1/2 high school credit if the student delves into the resources at the end of each session. The resources include websites, books, and movies to watch to explore more about the session’s topic and the famous innovator featured. I didn’t use the resources yet, but I’m planning to check out books on Wilbur and Orville Wright as well as Amelia Earhart based on the suggestions from the resources list.
In addition, there are three exams given for students who are taking the course for credit. One of those exams is at the end of Session 5; the other two are at the end of Sessions 11 and 15. To take the exam, students need to contact Doctor Aviation to order and obtain the exam.
If You’re Considering This Course
This course is designed for students ages 16 and older. I’d recommend that parents stick to this age range. Doctor Aviation is a college professor and his method of presentation is like a college lecture, so younger students might not be as interested. In addition, the material covered can be quite technical. Younger students will likely not understand all of the material presented.
Having said that, I think this is an excellent course for high school juniors or seniors or adults. For high school students, this could count as an elective credit or as a history or science credit. Adults who are life long learners would also likely enjoy this course.
I commend Doctor Aviation for bringing the technical field of aviation to life for those who may be interested in either just learning more about how the field of aviation works or who would like to enter the field.
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