• Flight Operations


  • What is this program all about?

    Students will build a solid knowledge base in the history of aviation, the principles of flight and navigation, the aerospace community, and aviation meterology.  Leadership development activities through the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and industry mentorship will prepare students with a competitive edge for the global marketplace.

  • Courses & Credits

    Fundamentals of Aerospace

    Course Description: This course is designed as the foundational course for both the Aviation Maintenance and the Flight Operations pathways. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge base in aviation history and regulations, the basic principles of flight, aerospace careers, and factors influencing work systems, aerospace technologies, and basic aviation meteorology. These concepts can later be applied to various aerospace occupations. Classroom and lab activities will assure students a thorough understanding of the aerospace environment. The pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.

    Flight Operations I

    Course Description: Navigation and Communication are essential to the safe operation of aircraft within the airspace system. This course provides a foundation that enables the student to apply the basics of aircraft navigation and utilize efficient communication methods for safe aircraft operations. The prerequisite for this course is Fundamentals of Aerospace.

    Flight Operations II

    Course Description: Atmospheric dynamics and concepts are addressed to build a meteorological foundation that will enable students to understand environmental variables that create and change the earth’s weather. Meteorological techniques will be used in analyzing, charting, and forecasting weather patterns, and students will apply learned skills to the aeronautical needs and procedures of the air transportation industry. The prerequisite for this course is Flight Operations I.

    Embedded Credit: Science

  • Instructor

    Mrs. Minor
    Maxwell HS Teacher of the Year 2021
    Mrs. Linda Minor

    Linda Minor is a graduate in the field of special education from Florida State University with her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of New Orleans.  The daughter of a United States Air Force fighter pilot, Mrs. Minor showed an early interest in aviation, but did not pursue her pilots’ ratings until mid-1980.  She is a commercial pilot with a multi-engine, instrument rating and a certified flight instructor instrument rating.

    Mrs. Minor began her teaching career as a special education teacher before becoming a flight instructor.  She left the field of education to join her husband in the home building profession where she was a residential builder, Director of Marketing and Sales and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining the Maxwell High School of Technology team, Mrs. Minor was the aviation instructor at Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School.  While there she taught the Flight Operations Pathway and coordinated the Work-based Learning program. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Minor was the CTAE Department Head, Emergency Response Team Leader Assistant, SkillsUSA State Officer Advisor, SkillsUSA Flight Operations Advisor, and SkillsUSA Firefighter Advisor. She has served as the teacher mentor for the new Flight Operations Pathway instructors throughout Georgia.  She also served on the state Architecture, Construction, Communication and Transportations Professional Learning Committee.

    Mrs. Minor spends hundreds of hours a year volunteering with Civil Air Patrol as the Georgia Wing Director of Aerospace Education. Mrs. Minor has been honored with the titles of Special Education Teacher of the Year for Southwest Georgia; Who’s Who of American Women; TIEGA Carl Perkins Service Award in 2016 and 2017, winner of the Civil Air Patrol Georgia Wing and SE Region Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year, the Aerospace Education Excellence Award, a Top Gun Work-Based Learning Coordinator and an Advisor of Distinction for SkillsUSA.

    Mrs. Minor is married to Wade L. Minor, Jr. and they have four children.

  • Certifications & Partnerships


    Ability to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Written Exam
    Ability to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Practical Test (Checkride) maneuvers in an aircraft simulator
    Soft Skills (GA BEST)


    Delta Airlines
    The National Aviation Hall of Fame
    National Museum of the United States Air Force
    Aviation Institute of Maintenance
    Middle Georgia State University
    Civil Air Patrol
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
    Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)