Admiral Farragut Academy Aviation programme

View the World from the Sky

At Farragut, dreams become reality. The famous quotation by Leonardo da Vinci runs parallel with the aspirations of students at Farragut. While students at other schools might be focusing on an upcoming Algebra exam – and even daydreaming about becoming an astronaut, students in the Aviation program at Farragut diligently master the fundamentals of flight, both on campus — which houses a flight simulator — and at Albert Whitted Airport, where students hone their skills as pilots in one of the many rented Cessnas on site.

Aviation Program with the Admiral Farragut Academy

Aviation, which began as an elective back in 1987, is now a full program in which students spend three class periods a day receiving ground lab training and flight instruction at a local towered airport. Today, many Aviation students earn their Private Pilot License prior to high school graduation.

With over 70 years of combined aviation experience, our Aviation faculty instill a lifelong love of aeronautical science by providing safe, professional flight, and ground instruction to students interested in pursuing a career in the field of aviation.

Program Benefits

  • Small class size. Maximum 5:1 instructor ratio
  • Increases self-confidence and communication skills
  • Definite career opportunities
  • St. Petersburg has over 361 days of sunshine per year = great for flying! 

Students who obtain a Private Pilot License through our Aviation Program pay only US$ 14,000. Obtaining a Private Pilot License independently would cost more than twice that: US$ 32,830!

Aviation Curriculum

On the ground, students learn from pilots. 

  • Courses for students in grades 8-12 
  • State-of-the-art, on-campus aviation ground school facility houses a PCATD (flight simulator with Elite software), Weather Station, and a CD-ROM / DVD educational program library
  • In the sky, students are the pilots! 
  • 2 hours allotted during the academic day for flight training at a small, nearby towered airport.
  • Fly a Cessna 172 G1000 aircraft or advanced aviation training aircraft, C172 G1000.
  • Graduates often continue their aviation career at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Aeronautical Science I (Grades 9-12). Basic Aviation class for students in grades 9-12. Class covers: Private Pilot operations; Aerodynamics; Navigation; Aviation weather reports; Cross-country flight planning; Balsa aircraft design and flight

Lab fee 2020-2021: US$ 100 for materials and PCATD training

Aeronautical Science II (Grades 10-12) Prerequisite: Aeronautical Science I

This second semester course is designed to enhance and highlight student interest areas. Students pursuing an Aviation Career typically take this class in 10th grade. Possible areas of study: Aerodynamics; Flight physiology; Accident investigation; Advanced navigation; Aviation weather; Balsa aircraft design and performance; Aviation history; Aircraft systems; Aircraft performance analysis; Private Pilot Pre-solo maneuvers

Students will be required to receive five (5) hours of flight training and three (3) hours of observer flights. The five-hour training serves as an introduction to various types of single engine aircraft. Students will fly one hour in a C172N, C172SP, PA28 and a C162. These hours will accumulate toward the Private Pilot flight training requirements.

Lab Fee 2020-2021: US$ 1,500 covers the cost of flight training and materials.

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Private Pilot Operations (Grades 11-12).This Flight Training course has no prerequisite. Other FAA Private Pilot regulations are available to students turning 17 before end of school year.

Students fly and take Ground Lab during three of the academic day. Grades are based on successful completion of:

  • Pre-solo written exam
  • Private Pilot written exam
  • Private Pilot check ride

Course will appear on transcript for a total of three academic credits.

Private Pilot Operations 2020 -2021 Costs

The total cost for an Aviation student at Farragut wanting to earn their Private Pilot License is only US$ 14,000 vs. US$ 32,830 (the total value of the program if paid outside the academy)!

Advanced Pilot Operations (Grade 12)

Students engage in self-guided study. The purpose of the course is to build cross-country flight time to meet federal aviation regulations regarding instrument rating. Students who already have met 50-hour cross-country flight time may proceed to instrument rating preparation and study. This course enhances pilot skill in the areas of:

  • Instrument Flight
  • Flight Planning
  • Weather Data Interpretation

For more information on the aviation programme at the Admiral Farragut Academy in Florida, please send an email to