Aerospace Science (AFJROTC) Curriculum

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Aerospace Science curriculum at Randolph-Macon Academy boarding school in Virginia

Aerospace I: Air Force Tradition

This course is taken the first semester of the student’s first year at R-MA. It focuses on cadet and Air Force organizational structure, uniform wear, customs, courtesies, other military traditions, health and wellness, fitness, self-discipline, and citizenship.

Aerospace I: Frontiers of Aviation History

This second-semester course focuses on flight beginning with ancient civilizations, then progresses through time to the modern world.  The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history.  It is interspersed with concise overviews of the principles of flight to include basic aeronautics, aircraft motion and control, flight power, and rockets. 

Aerospace II: Leadership

Second-year AFJROTC begins with an emphasis on leadership skills, which includes the importance of communication and awareness of the different types of leadership models.  

Aerospace II: Science of Flight

Science of Flight acquaints students with the aerospace environment, the human requirements of flight, principles of aircraft flight, and principles of navigation. The course begins with a discussion of the atmosphere and weather and how they affect flight. Discussions include the forces of lift, drag, thrust, and weight. Students also learn basic navigation including map reading, course plotting, and the effects of wind.

Aerospace II: Global and Cultural Studies

Global and Cultural Studies provides increased international awareness and an insight into foreign affairs of other cultures and enhanced knowledge of America’s interests and role in the world. Geopolitical issues such as terrorism, economics, politics, military issues, religion, environmental concerns, human rights, disease, over-population, literacy, the migration of peoples, and other cultural issues will be examined.  

Aerospace III: Exploration of Space: The High Frontier

This course looks at space exploration benefits. It covers organizations involved in creating, managing, and training for space missions; hazards associated with space travel for spacecraft and the human body, the various space stations, a look at the ongoing development of private industry entering space, and the future focus on Mars expeditions.

Aerospace III: Life Skills and Career Opportunities

This course focuses on career options and college preparation. The course begins with careers in aerospace. Next, we focus on college preparation by covering selecting a college, aspects of essays, interviews, and campus visits. Following this, we cover options for selecting a major and avenues available to assist in financing your college choices. We also cover the importance of time management and setting up your college/class schedule.

Aerospace IV: Principles of Management

Fourth-year courses begin with the fundamentals of management. This course contains many leadership topics and provides students with some of the necessary skills needed to put these topics into practice.

Aerospace IV: Survival

The Survival course synthesizes the basic survival content found in Air Force Regulation 64-4 Survival Training. The survival instruction provides training in the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to successfully perform the fundamental tasks needed for survival.

Aerospace IV: Global Perspectives

The Building a Global Perspective course continues to explore and discover the processes that shape the earth, the relationships between people and environments, and the links between people and places. Through the study of geography, students will learn to see their world through many different perspectives.  Whether they are looking at global patterns or the finer details of neighborhood patterns, they develop valuable insights about the Earth, its people, and the many different kinds of relationships between them.  

Aerospace IV: Policy and Organization

Policy and Organization establishes the foundation for understanding the United States Air Force and delves into the purpose of the Department of Defense and the Air Force.  The text describes the function of the four branches of service, the National Security Strategy, and gives a brief history of the military.  It discusses the defense structure of the United States to include descriptions of the objectives, mission, and organization of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.  Lastly, the text focuses on the current operational and personnel issues of the Air Force.

Ground School

The ground school class meets four times a week.  Some of the topics the students study are aerodynamics, systems, airport environment, weather, and regulations.  The class is for only juniors and seniors and they must meet with the director of flight training before they can be admitted into the class.  The student must have an interest in training for a solo flight or obtaining a license. They must also be in good academic standing.  Students usually fly once or twice a week.

Unmanned Flight Operations

This course introduces the student to the aeronautical science of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and provides the instruction necessary for Remote Pilot Certification. The areas of instruction include unmanned aircraft construction, remote aircraft systems and components, aircraft performance and payload, aerodynamics, airspace and sectional charts, meteorology, federal aviation regulations, human factors, crew resource management, imaging, flight operations and emergency procedures, and real world application. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration written exam and earn a Remote Pilot Certificate. (Full Year Course)

Drill Class

Introduces cadets to military drill per AFMAN 36-2203. Prepares cadets to execute and lead the 30-count drill procedure, Color Guard ceremonial presentations, command students via flight or squadron formation in an orderly manner through the 24-inch step with cadence of 100 to 120 steps per minute, distance, and interval and establishing movements with order and precision. Individuals will also learn to adapt their own movements to those of the group moving in unison. Curriculum teaches leadership, teamwork, and drill team performance.