Aug 13th, 2018

Careers in Flight: The Old Schoolhouse

Posted in Aviation News

“What do you want to do for a living”, is a common question.  Fortunately there are many careers in flight.  Doctor Aviation is honored to be featured in the most recent edition of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine discussing this very issue: careers in flight.

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine began publication in 2001 and is considered one of the premier homeschooling magazines.  It is published twice a year in traditional print form and sold in stores such as Kroger’s and to regular subscribers.  The magazine can also be found in digital format.  Readership has a reach of several hundred thousand.  For more information see:

The summer 2018 edition features careers in flight and NASA.  Doctor Aviation was honored to be asked to provide an article for the aviation section.  The flight section contains some interesting reading including a section on Mission Aviation (MAF) pilots.  I have such a great respect for these individuals who support Christian missionaries in remote areas through flight and maintaining their own aircraft.  There is also a fascinating interview with Gary Powers, the son of Gary Francis Powers who was shot down in a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union in 1960.

For the Doctor Aviation contribution, I decided to focus on two aspects of aviation.

The first was how we learn science.  As an educator since 1994, I have learned that when students engage with the material in a meaningful way, then the material resonates with them and learning becomes much deeper.  Think of a young man who reads about car engines and is somewhat interested, but when he is able to get out in the garage and tinker with the engine, he is enthralled.  I believe that is what aviation can do for science learning.

Secondly, Ronald Reagan was elected to the first of his two terms in 1980.  This began an eight year boom in the aviation world.  Many were hired as pilots, air traffic controllers, flight mechanics, baggage handlers and flight attendants.  Many of these individuals are now reaching retirement age.  The next few years should be a very good time to begin one of many careers in flight.

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