Aviation Program


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The Patrick Marzitelli High School Aviation Program

The Patrick Marzitelli Science and Aviation Foundation provides high school students a unique learning experience.

Students learn the principles of flight, aircraft and engine structure and systems, weight/balance and performance calculations, charts and navigation, weather theory, weather reports and forecasts, basic aerodynamics, how to understand flight manuals and other documents, use of computers, and decision making.

The course covers the same material one would receive in a private ground school course taken using a structured training syllabus that is FAA approved. The students are expected to sit for and pass their FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam upon completing the course.


White Bear Lake High School Student Video
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White Bear Lake Area High School

The Patrick Marzitelli High School Aviation Program at White Bear Lake Area High School (MN) is the first high school program started by the Foundation. In addition to providing all of the course work materials, the foundation has purchased for the school a full Cessna Flight Simulator, designed to give students the actual feel of piloting an airplane. Soon, this simulator will be housed in a mock-up of a single-engine airplane cockpit and cabin, modeled after John Marzitelli’s Piper Warrior.

Students also have the opportunity to work with Chad Geyen, a private pilot who owns his own airplane (a Cessna 177 Cardinal). Geyen has already provided familiarization flights to a dozen White Bear Lake Students.

The simulator and opportunity to fly with Geyen, together with WBLAHS teacher Peter Pitman’s previous work experience as an air traffic controller and flight operations coordinator for USAirways, make this a truly unique course.

A student from the initial class at White Bear has been accepted into the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at University of North Dakota. Several other students are considering careers in aviation in the private sector and in the military.

Contact US to learn how you can start a Patrick Marzitelli High School Aviation Program in your high school.

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