Aviation Program

Mon, Mar 11, 2024
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Spartanburg Science Center
Chapman Cultural Center Theater, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg, SC 29306, USA
Spartanburg Science Center
(864) 583-2777


Spring 2024 Session
Dates will be announced soon


Please email a 250-300 word essay, written by your child explaining why they want to participate in the program.  This should be student-written: email the form below and the essay to [email protected]

Download Registration Form

The Spartanburg Science Center has partnered with the Spartanburg Downtown Airport to expose our community to the value and appreciation of aviation. It is one of the first partnerships known that matches a community science center with the study and hands-on experience of many aspects of aviation. Hang on for the ride!


Aviation Curriculum:

Students are required to adhere to Covid-19 protocols including social distancing and mask wearing. Masks are required during flights and indoor activities.

Oh The Possibilities…

This diverse program curriculum demonstrates all the possibilities in working in the aviation field. It allows young people to see what the aviation field has to offer in more ways than just being a pilot.

Civil Air Patrol: A Bridge To The Air Force

Attend an educational class with the Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. This will provide an inside look at how the Civil Air Patrol progresses into the United States Air Force as a career.

Fly The Airport Flight Simulator

Learn how technology is creating a cost effective way to train pilots by experiencing a flight simulator as it re-creates aircraft flight and the environment in which it flies.

Glider Through The Sky

Learn how physics and weather patterns provide flight through experiencing an Instructional glider flight around the local area. A glider is a heavier-than-air aircraft.

Attend An FAA Safety Meeting

This class will show how the FAA is cornerstone in aviation safety and creating aviation policy. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is a governmental body of the United States with powers to regulate all aspects of civil aviation.

Refuel And Service An Aircraft

Learn about the types of ground equipment and support services that are required to refuel and service an aircraft.

Aviation Mechanic For A Day

Work alongside a licensed aircraft mechanic in carrying out maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration of aircraft and aircraft systems.

Fly To Lunch

Fly a powered flight to a local airport for lunch. See what is takes to become a pilot in command of an aircraft that is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the operation of that aircraft.

Do you know a student who is interested in Aviation?

Six individuals between 16-20 years old will have the opportunity to learn from the full resources available at the Spartanburg Memorial Downtown Airport this summer. Piloted in partnership with the airport’s aviation groups and the Spartanburg Science Center, students will be taken through a seven week program. At the conclusion of the course the group will present their experiences in a digital format to members of each of the contributing organizations.