gila career pathway: aVIATION

NEW! Aviation is back for the 2024/25 school year!

We’re excited to announce that Galena’s ground and flight school programs have returned for the 2024/25 school year. Since its conception in 2000, GCSD’s aviation program has trained hundreds of students in airplane piloting skills and has allowed many GILA high school students to obtain their private pilot’s licenses, earn instrument ratings—and even take their solo flights! A number of students have also gone on to become career airline pilots!


Students begin their training in Private Pilot Ground School. In this class, they build a foundation of knowledge about aviation and industry standards that are applicable to many aviation-related vocations. 

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Due to the rigorous coursework involved in Aviation, ground school is open to 9th – 10th grade students with preference given to 1st and 2nd year GILA students. After completion of at least one year of ground school, students can then apply to get into Flight School. 


After Ground School, students are offered the opportunity to further their pilot training by participating in our Private Pilot Flight School Program. During this class, students complete the aeronautical training and experience requirements to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate to operate single-engine airplanes.

Please note: Acceptance into the GILA flight program is competitive and space is limited. We encourage those interested to enroll now in order to be considered for our fall 2024 semester!

Program eligibility and course details may be subject to change as information is finalized for our aviation program for the 2024/25 school year.