Aviation Flight School and Pre-apprenticeship Program

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Alaska EXCEL’s Aviation program is a 3 pronged program. Students who are interested in becoming a pilot must attend EXCEL’s Intro to Aviation session. The Intro to Aviation session is open to grades 10-12. Students who show promise and are graduating seniors will be invited to apply for the Aviation Ground School held during Summer XL. Upon successful completion of the FAA written knowledge test (70% or higher), the student will be given the opportunity to enter EXCEL’s Aviation Flight School and pre-apprenticeship program. Once there, students will work towards obtaining enough flight hours to pass an FAA check ride and obtain their Private Pilot Certificate. While gaining flight hours, students will also participate in a paid internship.


  • Application
  • Cover letter
  • Resumé
  • Interview
  • Pass a drug-screening test
  • Successfully complete an Employability Skills Session (Foundational Session EXCEL 10, EXCEL 11, or EXCEL 12)
  • Complete an Introduction to Aviation Session