The Polk State Aerospace approach to pilot training is completely different than any other collegiate aviation program you will encounter. Rather than focus on the traditional, maneuver-based flight training model, our program uses a human factors training methodology, similar to what you will find in place in commercial airline training. Every element of every class and flight lab is 100% practical education, whether lecture, group study, simulation practice, or actual flight training. We rely heavily on simulation to keep costs low while exposing our students to situations that you could never safely demonstrate in the airplane. Our program is different because it employs the latest flight training methods to engage students in learning while emphasizing technical proficiency and pilot safety.
Similarly, when it comes to our other non-flight program offerings, Polk State Aerospace believes in a practical, “outside-the-box” approach to learning. While the classroom is a perfectly acceptable learning environment, we believe in learning that promotes a more hands-on approach. We accomplish this through outstanding guest speakers from many segments within the aerospace industry and multiple field trips to industry sites. We also encourage all of our students to engage in industry internships, as this is the most practical type of experience one can hope for, while enrolled in the collegiate program.