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In partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), FPCHS is able to offer the Aeronautics program of study to all 10th–12th grade students. All ERAU aeronautics courses are taught on the FPCHS campus by an ERAU professor. Coursework is centered around aviation, aerospace, and engineering with a focus on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Through this program students have the opportunity to earn free college credits.

There are many other opportunities for students in the Aeronautics program of study. Many students participate in field trips and UAS competitions. In addition, students in the program are eligible to apply for ERAU scholarships that will help them complete their degree.


  • Principles of Aeronautical Science
  • Intro to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • UAS Applications in Aerial Photography
  • UAS Systems Operator
  • FAA Private Pilot Ground School

Industry Certifications

Many of the  Aeronautics courses offer students the opportunity to take industry certifications, including the FAA Ground School exam, the UAS Safety Certification, and the Visual Line of Sight System Operator certification. All of these exams are offered free of charge to our aeronautics students who complete program requirements and are ready for the exam.

Eligibility and Enrollment

To enter the program, students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and are required to keep at least a 2.0 GPA to remain in the program. Enrollment for this program of study begins in the spring of each year. Interested students should choose the program courses on their course selection sheet. For more information, please see your guidance counselor or Professor Smith in room 7-108.

 If you are applying to the program as part of school choice, please complete the Program of Choice Application