Admiral Farragut Academy was one of 17 aviation focused schools and organizations around the country awarded with a grant by American Airlines because of its dedication to training the next generation of aviators.
The $5,000 grant to Farragut will enhance the Lower School Aviation experience and give its younger students the opportunity to train in the aviation classroom and then log flight time in an actual aircraft. Right now, the Aviation Program only serves students 9th-12th grade.
On December 12, 2018, Farragut Aviation Program Director Rob Ewing, along with Aviation instructor Jose Hercher, flew to Dallas, Texas for the awards luncheon.
“The goal of the Aviation Program at Admiral Farragut Academy has always been to educate our students on the incredible number of career options in the field of Aviation. By exposing the Lower School students to Aviation early in their academic journey, we hope to foster a love of learning that will carry through to our Upper School program and beyond. This grant represents a unique opportunity for our students to get first-hand experience at the controls of an aircraft in flight and to apply math and science concepts in a dynamic learning environment,” said Ewing.
About Aviation at Admiral Farragut Academy – More than 500 Farragut 9th-12th grade students have received flight training. Farragut has a state-of-the-art, on-campus aviation ground school facility which houses three Basic Aircraft Training Devices (BATD) which replicate the Cessna 172 aircraft with standard instruments and Garmin 1000 glass panels. Two hours are allotted during the academic day for flight training at Albert Whitted Airport in downtown St. Petersburg. In addition, Farragut offers a dual enrollment college classes through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which gives our Aviation students the chance to gain at least five college credits. Once students reach the age of 17, they are able to earn their private pilot license and more than 30 students have completed it. More than 100 students have matriculated to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and approximately 15% of our Aviation graduates have gone on to fly in the military or in the commercial sector. Learn more at www.farragut.org/academics/signature-programs/aviation.