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Can I get a job in high-school that is Aviation related?

I live in a rural area and would like to pursue aviation. I want to get into it this year and would like help finding out how. I take an aviation class at my school. Im also interested in Music and Dance.

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Kim’s Answer

While finding a job directly in the aviation field during high school can be challenging, there are still ways to get involved and gain experience.

1. Explore local opportunities: Even in a rural area, there might be aviation-related organizations, flight schools, or small airports nearby. Reach out to them and inquire about any volunteer or internship opportunities. This can give you exposure to the aviation industry and help you make connections.

2. Join aviation clubs or organizations: Check if there are any aviation clubs or organizations in your area, either at school or in the community. These groups often organize events, guest speakers, and activities related to aviation. It's a great way to engage with like-minded individuals and learn more about the field.

3. Take advantage of your aviation class: Since you're already taking an aviation class at school, make the most of it! Ask your teacher about any additional resources or opportunities they can recommend. They might have connections or know about local programs that can help you further explore aviation.

4. Pursue music and dance: While not directly related to aviation, your interests in music and dance can still be pursued alongside your aviation journey. Consider joining music or dance clubs, participating in local performances, or taking lessons in your free time. These creative outlets can bring joy and balance to your life.

Remember, it's never too early to start building your skills and network. Keep exploring your passions and seeking opportunities, and you'll be on your way to a fulfilling aviation journey.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for your answer. It is really encouraging and informative! Madison
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James’s Answer

Hi Madison,

Yes! It’s possible. There are some great aviation internships out there with the airlines, and airport authorities right now. I would also recommend going to check out a boots in the ground type role, perhaps “ramp,” with an airline, or at a local FBO. Do you drive? Definitely just go visit and ask questions. You might also recommend finding a good local GA airport to “hang out,” a little. Organizations such as Civil Air Patrol and EAA You g Eagles are great to help make connections for this. On a third, different note, focus your school projects (ya know… those times they say “pick a topic” and outside reading on aviation! There is a lot to be analyzed and written about when it comes to airlines, airports, the science of flight, the business and economics of it all. It totally ok to “study,” things like flight school materials even if you’re not enrolled. Good luck and have fun. :). Oh and by the way, you CAN totally keep up your interest in the arts and pursue your aviation at the same time. So keep it up :)
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Pamela’s Answer

When I was a student, I had the exciting opportunity to work at a flight training school. This gave me a chance to understand the ins and outs of the school's operations and to shadow pilots, fuelers, and operations specialists. These experts can show you the ropes, teaching you everything from completing a preflight checklist to planning and coordinating flights and schedules, and even helping to fuel the aircrafts. This hands-on experience will give you a taste of various roles, helping you discover where your passion lies in this field. Wishing you all the best on this thrilling journey!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, I've been looking for a flight training school around where I live. Madison
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Wayne’s Answer

One of my jobs was teaching aviation to high school students at a community college. Check with your counselor they might be able to give you some direction. The high school students would attend the college for 3 hours a day. The high school paid for the classes, books, etc. They would start in their Junior year of high school and at the end of their Senior year - they were eligible to take the FAA test for their Airframe License. Then after they graduated from high school, they would attend 3 more quarters of college and receive their Powerplant License, then they start working on airplanes. Another option offered in our area, (Seattle) is called Aviation High School. The school is located at Boeing Field in Seattle. The students also receive instruction in the STEM classes.
Here is a link to that School: https://rahs.highlineschools.org/
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