Taxi to Takeoff!! Aviation Academy

Stewarding Ohio's future aviation professionals

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The Ohio State University’s Taxi to Takeoff!! program is an innovative partnership with Ohio high schools to foster aviation education and workforce development. The two-semester immersive program is held at The Ohio State University Airport Don Scott Field.

Ohio’s leadership in flight is unrivaled. Beginning with the Wright Brothers, the state has a record of success in the nation’s aviation achievements. Today, aviation and aerospace contribute nearly $40 billion annually to Ohio’s economy. Taxi to Takeoff!! was established to cultivate the next generation of Ohio’s aviation innovators.

Prospective student information

  • Admittance is through Ohio State’s College Credit Plus Program
  • Share this webpage with your school guidance counselor to discuss the opportunity and request support with application to the College Credit Plus Program
  • Program completion provides a foundation for further advancement, including through studies across a variety of two- and four-year post-secondary programs, flight training, jobs utilizing drone operation and military service
  • For every pilot job that exists, there are approximately 100 support positions – students are invited to explore applying a variety of interests to the aviation industry

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Educator and administrator resources

  • Programming aims to create an affinity between students and the aviation industry through exploration of the places and opportunities where skills and interests can best be invested
  • Students from multiple central Ohio schools are already participating
  • Partner districts provide information and best practices to enable you to support your students’ participation
  • Transportation to in-person courses at The Ohio State University Airport is the responsibility of the student or school district
  • Classes typically meet twice weekly
  • Opportunity exists for schools to supplement the experience through district-led activities at their schools

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  • Students and instructor in classroom
    Semester 1: Introduction to Aviation 2000 (three credit hours): This survey course provides a broad overview of the aviation industry. Classroom instruction is complemented with a range of interactive experiences and guest speakers. It is required curriculum for Ohio State aviation majors.
  • Semester 2: UAV Ground Fundamentals 3193 (three credit hours): Focused on the basic knowledge required to earn an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate, this course prepares students to take the Federal Aviation Administration required test to earn their certificate (drone license), as well as begin to explore careers using drones.
Students seated in a classroom with instructor at the front
“The global aviation industry is complex and interconnected, as varied and diverse as it is vibrant. This industry – which Ohio helped initiate – requires skills and capabilities from the entire spectrum of human talents: aerospace engineering, customer service, safety, revenue management, logistics, medicine, technicians, mechanics, human factors and more.”
– John Horack, director, Center for Aviation Studies