About Doctor Aviation

Learning the basics of aviation online

Doctor Aviation will provide aspiring aviators with the basic knowledge and tools to begin their life in the sky.

Doctor Aviation is an educational website dedicated to instructing life-long learners interested in aviation. Over his 24 years in the Air Force, Doctor Aviation traversed the sky in a variety of aircraft as a Command Pilot with over 2,000 flying hours. Many of those were accumulated as an instructor pilot and as a research pilot during testing of the Strategic Defense Initiative (aka The Star Wars Program). On the ground, Doctor Aviation served as an instructor at the United States Air Force Academy teaching aviation and other courses and has authored an aviation book on CFIT, published by McGraw Hill.

As a current college professor, Doctor Aviation asked, why not make world of aviation available to life-long learners across the globe? Learning right where you live and work. The aviation world is fascinating with lessons that apply to all walks of life. Whether you wonder about flight itself, aircraft maintenance, air traffic control or how to run an airport, Doctor Aviation will give you insight into these worlds. Each lesson covers a technical aspect of aviation, a notable figure in aviation and an important event in aviation. So if you are considering aviation as a career, or just want to learn more about this world, Doctor Aviation is for you! It is interesting, exciting and fun!


Session 1 Course Overview: The Aviation System

I. The Aircraft

Session 2 The Major Components of an Airplane

Session 3 Axes and Forces

Session 4 Why an Aircraft Flies: The Secret of Airfoils and Lift

Session 5 Why an Aircraft Turns, Pitches and Slides: The Flight Controls

II. Air Traffic Control

Session 6 How We See an Aircraft Miles Away: The Secrets of Radar

Session 7 The Air Traffic Cops: How Air Traffic Control Works

III. Maintenance

Session 8 Keep ‘Em Flying: Aircraft Maintenance – Propeller Engines

Session 9 Keep ‘Em Flying: Aircraft Maintenance – Jet Engines

IV. Airfield Operations

Session 10 The City in and of Itself: Running a Large Airport

Session 11 The Small Airport and Running an FBO

V. The Aircraft II

Session 12 Flying in the Clear and Not so Clear Air: VMC and IMC

Session 13 Important Pilot Instruments – Attitude Indicator

Session 14 Important Pilot Instruments – Airspeed Indicator

Session 15 Other Aviation Ships: Gliders, Helicopters, Airships



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Whether you’re a homeschool parent, student, or hobbyist, Doctor Aviation can give you the basic knowledge and tools to being a great aviator. Sign up today!