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4:45 AM Sat, Nov. 17th

Aviation Technologies take off at Mountain Institute

Courtesy photo

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In partnership with Yavapai College, the Aviation Technologies program at Mountain Institute JTED (MIJTED) is offering a new opportunity for the 2014-15 school year: helicopter flight.

Aviation Technologies is a two-year program. Year one is devoted to fixed-winged flight, with students completing simulation labs in take-off, landing, and maneuvering an airplane in real-world situations. This past summer, Yavapai College completed its new helicopter simulator lab, and as a result MIJTED's year-two aviation students are focusing on helicopters and utilizing the new facility, which features simulators that react as if the students are in flight, including realistic sound, motion and vibration.

Students also have the opportunity to take classes in air-traffic control. Though they are in different rooms, students in the air-traffic control lab can send voice commands to students in the fixed-wing or helicopter simulators. This technology enables them to realistically direct aircraft to take-off, land, or go into a holding pattern, and enables the students in the flight simulators to become experienced in processing air-traffic control commands.

Nick Knight, a year-two aviation student attending Bradshaw Mountain High School, said, "The new helicopter simulators are amazing; they constantly change motion as if you are really flying. Very realistic!"

Caleb Jaime, also of Bradshaw Mountain High, agreed: "The simulation lab puts the knowledge that I'm learning in class into real-life scenarios."

Parents and students can learn more about Aviation Technologies, and all the Mountain Institute career programs, at CTE (Career and Technical Education) Day in November. This event is held at the Yavapai College CTE Center.

It is designed to expose high school students to all available CTE opportunities, allow them to see the facilities first-hand, and to meet and interact with faculty from all programs.

Mountain Institute, one of 13 Arizona JTEDs (Joint Technical Education Districts), serves high-school eligible students in western Yavapai County, including public, private, charter, home school, and accommodation school students. Education partners include Yavapai College, and the following Unified School Districts: Ash Fork, Bagdad, Chino Valley, Humboldt, Mayer, Prescott, and Seligman.