Aero Academy

Aero Academy

North Coast Flight School won the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania "Education Award" for excellence in Aviation Education for FOUR years straight. Our unique approach to exposing kids as young as 10 years old to flying and aviation careers set the aviation industry's tongues wagging. No one had ever thought of it. What was originally a group of twelve kids running around an airport having the time of their lives has now grown into a national program.

North Coast Flight school is now  in the process of revitalizing the Aero Academy Program.  Look for more new and fun ways to expose your children to the wonderful world of flight.  Classes will be forming in early 2024.  Watch for our latest addition to our Aero “Family”…    ADULT ACADEMY

Young Flyers (age 10-11)

This camp is designed specifically for students ages 10 to 11 years of age, with no prior experience with aviation.   There are many activities and field trips to various places on the Port Meadville Airport Property. Young Flyers Academy will expose kids to the exciting and interesting field of aviation.

Camp Dates:


Students will:

  • Learn about aircraft instruments, flight controls and aircraft structure
  • Assist in a pre-flight inspection
  • Introduction to drone usage and care
  • Take a short flight around Meadville


Camp 1 (age 12)

This Camp is designed for students with

NO prior knowledge or experience in aviation.

(Age 12)

Students will be introduced to:
1. Aircraft instruments and Flight Controls.
2. Pre-Flight Inspections of the Aircraft.
3. Phonetic Alphabet and Basic radio communications
4. Intro to Airport Traffic Patterns.
5. Intro to Aviation Weather
6. Field Trips to various parts of Port Meadville Airport
7. Basic introduction to sectional charts and use of plotter
8. Approx. 15 minute flight over Meadville
9. Drone Activities

Cost: $395.00

Camp 2 (age 13)

Students will be introduced to:
1. Intensive use of Instruments and Flight Controls
2. Conduct Pre Flight Inspections
3. Radio Communications at Controlled and Uncontrolled Airports
4. Airport Traffic Pattern
5. Aviation Weather METAR and TAF
6. Intro to AIRSPACE
7. Reading Sectional Charts, Using Plotters, Flight Computers
8. Approx. 15 minute Air Tour over Meadville
9. Professional Drone Usage
10. Begin Working on and Quizzing FAA Written Test Questions

Cost: $495.00

Camp 3 (age 14)

This Camp is designed for the young student that shows a high interest in obtaining his/her pilot’s license. Students with no previous experience are welcome however the youngest (or if under 14yrs.) of this age group are encouraged to take Aero Camp #1 first.

Students will be introduced to:

1. In-depth Review of Instruments and Flight Controls
2. Conduct and Complete Pre Flight Inspection
3. Review Radio Communications for Controlled and Uncontrolled Airports
4. Review Airport Traffic Patterns
5. Aviation Weather METAR and TAF
6. Airspace and VFR Weather Minimums
7. Flight Planning for a Cross Country Flight
8. Weight and Balance Calculations
9. FAA Written Exam Prep
10. Approx. 1.5 hours of loggable flight time!
LOGBOOK given as part of this camp. 

Cost: $695.00

Camp 4 (age 15)

This is the Camp when you really start flying!!!

Camp 4 is designed for the young pilot that is serious about making the commitment to becoming a young Private Pilot. In addition to the topics covered below in a classroom setting, students will receive 5 (five) actual flight training hours with one of our Certified Flight Instructors. These flight hours will be scheduled at a time that each Camp 4 student is available (other than class time). This is the real transition from a young camper to a conventional student pilot. The classroom portion of Camp 4 will be held  for a total of 16 HOURS of classroom/ground instruction in addition to the 5 HOURS of Flight time!!!

Students will be introduced to:

1. Forces of flight “aerodynamics”
2. Airport Layout
3. Airspace
4. ATC
5. Radio Communications
6. Weather
7. Regulations
8. Performance
9. Weight and Balance
10. Intro to Maneuvers
11. Cross Country Flight planning

Cost: $1650.00

Camp 4 students may purchase additional flight time if desired: 5 hours = $1527.50 (Discounted Rate)

Camp 5 (age 16)

This is a full on, 8 week VFR Ground School designed for the student who is or soon will be actively flying and working towards achieving their Private Pilots License.

Students will:

Receive Private Pilot Book & necessary materials for completion of the class.

Assist in Pre-Flight Inspections

Meet 2 Days a week for classroom/ground instruction

Meet 1 Day a week to work on the FAA questions from the PP Written Exam. Students will have access to taking practice exams (GLEIM) & additional time from our ground instructor to review questions on practice exams.

FAA Private Pilot Written Exams: Student’s who have received their endorsement, may schedule to take their exam.. Testing will be done individually by PSI Testing Center at students discretion at the current PSI fee.

Cost: $1550.00

All Camps are subject to mandatory minimum number students.

ALL Camps include an “Aero Academy” T-shirt.