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Aviation Learning Center

Two black students work at a counter near a Cirrus airplane.

The Aviation Learning Center (ALC) brings to life the energy and excitement of flight through a hands-on learning experience. The ALC encompasses three interactive learning modules where students work in pairs, as pilots often do, to prepare for and execute a safe flight: the Rajpaul Aviation Learning Lab, Cirrus Hangar and Simulator Bay.

We offer two programs in the Aviation Learning Center: The Pilot Experience and Elements of Flight.

These programs align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and 21st Century skills.


The Pilot Experience

Get a unique glimpse into the life a pilot in this 75-minute program. Students will climb inside a real Cirrus SR20 aircraft as they engage in a pre-flight check and plan a flight to take to the Seattle skies in the Simulator Bay.

  • Suitable for students 4th grade and up
  • Program Length: 75-minutes
  • Maximum group size: 36 participants
  • Student groups require one chaperone for every 10 students

Availability & Price:

Multiple start times are available Monday through Friday. Please reach out to us during registration if you need assistance arranging an alternative time.

  • Fee: $300

Register for The Pilot Experience


Elements of Flight

Experience all three of the ALC’s interactive learning modules in this 2-hour program. Students get a taste of private pilot ground school in the Rajpaul Aviation Learning Lab where they’ll explore weather and the principles of flight. Next, students will climb inside a real Cirrus SR20 aircraft as they engage in a pre-flight check and plan a flight. Afterwards, they’ll take to the Seattle skies and fly their planned route in the Simulator Bay.

  • Suitable for students 4th grade and up
  • Program Length: 2-hours
  • Maximum group size: 36 participants
  • Student groups require one chaperone for every 10 students

Availability & Price:

Multiple start times are available Monday through Friday. Please reach out to us during registration if you need assistance arranging an alternative time.

  • Fee: $500

Register for Elements of Flight


Frequently Asked Questions

What skills and standards does this program support?

This program aligns with NGSS, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills.

Download ALC Objectives & Standards

What are the expectations for the teacher/group leader upon arrival at the Museum?

Please refer to your confirmation email for up-to-date arrival logistics.

What should I complete before arriving at the Museum?

There is no required pre-work for this program.

Students work in pairs in the Aviation Learning Center. If you have preferences for which students work together, please pre-assign partnerships.

Have additional questions?

Please call 206-764-0384 or email education@museumofflight.org

How soon can I make my reservation?

Programs must be requested at least two weeks prior to the date(s) you would like to reserve, but sooner is better.

Is Financial Assistance available?

Yes! Please visit our Financial Assistance page to learn more.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations made more than seven days in advance of the scheduled program date are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations made within seven days of the program date, including no-shows, are eligible for a refund minus a $50 administrative fee.

When is payment due?

Payment is due at least two weeks prior to your program date(s). Payment can be made over the phone by credit card (preferred) or purchase order (PO).

May I register for days/times that are not listed on the reservation calendar?

Possibly! Please call our Education team at 206-764-0384 to discuss options.

Are chaperones required? How many can accompany the group?

Yes! Student groups require at least 1 chaperone per 10 students. A maximum of (10) chaperones are included in your registration. If you have more than 10 chaperones, additional general admission tickets will need to be purchased at the Admissions Desk.

Is admission to the Museum included with this program?

Yes. Full-day admission is included for all students and chaperones participating in the program.

More questions?

Please call 206-764-0384 or email education@museumofflight.org.


More questions?

Please call 206-764-0384 or email education@museumofflight.org