The mission of the  Aeronautic Academy is to create a strong, rigorous, seamless Aerospace and Aviation learning continuum that is aligned to higher education and the workforce.

This CTE program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of:

  • Aerospace Technologies 1
  • Aerospace Technologies 2

 College Credit Courses offered in High School

The Gaetz Aerospace Institute is an enhanced concurrent/dual enrollment program.                               You will be taking the same course offered to students on the Embry-Riddle Daytona                          Beach campus, and you will be assessed accordingly. Current courses offered.

AS 120  Principles of Aeronautical Science  3 Credits 

An introductory course in Aeronautical Science designed to provide the student with a broad-based aviation orientation in flight-related areas appropriate to all non-Aeronautical Science degree programs. Subjects include historical developments in aviation and the airline industry; theory of flight; airport operations; aircraft systems and performance; elements of air navigation; basic meteorology theory; air traffic principles; flight physiology; and aviation regulations and safety. Not available to Aeronautical Science students, students with FAA pilot certificates, or students who have credit for

AS 220  Unmanned Aircraft Systems  3 Credits 

This course is a survey of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), emphasizing the military and commercial history, growth, and application of UASs. The course will include basic acquisition, use, and operation of UASs with an emphasis on operations.

Aviation Maintenance
The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment or advanced                               training in the commercial and general aviation industry.  Students will be                           introduced instruction preparing for FAA certification as a maintenance technician.                      The following program of study addresses information on mathematics, aircraft                             drawings, weight and balance, aircraft materials, processes and tools, physics,                  electricity, inspection, ground operations, and FAA regulations governing the                    certification and work of maintenance technicians.

8715110 Aviation Maintenance General 1
8715120 Aviation Maintenance General 2
8715130 Aviation Maintenance General 3


Industry Recognized Certifications

Small UAS Safety Certification
The USI Small UAS Safety Level 1 Certification contains approximately 155 content hours. By obtaining a completion certificate, individuals can continue to Step 2 of the certification process. Completion certifications are issued by the Unmanned Safety Institute.

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Career Academies prepare students to meet the demands of a changing workforce while providing the opportunity for successful high school graduation, gainful employment, postsecondary education, and industry recognized certification.

Zephyrhills High School

Phone: (813) 794-6100 Website: http://zhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/