Welcome to Wings and Rotors Academy!
We offer aviation workshops for youth ages 7-14 filled from beginning to end with hands on fun, fascinating experiments, compelling guest speakers and everything in between. Your child will undoubtably be in for the learning experience of a lifetime as they explore the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) of ALL things aviation.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
At Wings and Rotors Academy we pride ourselves in the fact that we value quality over quantity. Our staff prefers to downsize our class size instead of up size. WHY?.. because we cannot compare to other “extra curricular” activities. Simply put, what we offer is starkly unavailable to the general public and requires a vast majority of planning, preparation and availability of a highly credentialed staff.
WHO WE ARE
We are a group of professional pilots, educators, scientist, engineers, curators, mechanics and more, who want to impart our years of experience to the next up and coming generation of aviation professionals. We are STEM geeks and are excited to welcome your children to all that aviation has to offer. Many of our staff are rotational because of the high demand of our careers, but this gives the opportunity to meet a wide variety of our instructional staff.
Brittany began learning to fly when she was 16 years old. She has over 1,000+ hours of flight time, is an instrument rated andCommercial licensed pilot and FAA certified flight instructor. As a military wife and homeschooling mother of 3 children, she loves flying in her Piper Cherokee, and is known for tagging her kids along for morning flights to Big Bear Airport (L35) for pancakes. Her favorite planes to fly are the Piper Cub and any warbird she can get her hands on. She and her husband are command pilots for Angel Flight West and avid supporters of MAF.
FUN FACT: Britany is afraid of heights.
Daniel has served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly 15 years, beginning as a crew chief. He then commissioned as an officer and now flies the KC- 135 Stratotanker. Daniel has flownseveral military aircraft and holds an Airline Transportation Pilot Rating, Airplane Single/ Multi Engine Land Certificate and is an FAA certified Flight Instructor. Daniel earned his MA in Management from AMU and has even served as a substitute teacher in the public school system.
FUN FACT: Daniel raced on the professional BMX circuit, and once held the NAG 1 title.
Stephanie is a Key Director at Wings and Rotors Academy and is responsible for majority of oversight and curriculum development. She holds a student pilot certificate and is an FAA rated UAS/drone pilot. Stephanie is also a homeschooling mother of 3 kids.
FUN FACT: Stephanie plays the piano and ukulele.
Jason has served in the fire service for over 15 years. His earliest memories of flying were with his Grandpa in Cessna 172 as a kid. Jason is a licensed paramedic and currently works as a fire apparatus engineer paramedic for the fire department. He is an FAA rated UAS/drone pilot and a valuable asset and instructor to have on deck at our academy. He and his wife have 3 children.
FUN FACT: Jason plays the guitar.
Mikael has been an Airline Captain and First Officer for over a decade. He currently flies the Boeing 737 for American Airlines and holds an FAA certified Flight Instructor certificate and a UAS/Drone Operator Certificate. He earned his B.S. in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University.
FUN FACT: Mikael is a certified scuba diver.