Pilot Pathway

Helping Your Dreams Take Flight!
Student and instructor in plane giving thumbs up

Let Wings Over the Rockies help you on your path to becoming a pilot! As part of Wings Pilot Pathway, learn the steps in getting your pilot certificate.

For more information contact us at 303-360-5360 ext 160 or Flight@WingsMuseum.org.

Step 1: Young Eagles Flight (Ages 8-17)

The Young Eagles program created by the EAA has dedicated more than 25 years to giving youths their first free ride in an airplane. Young Eagles’ sole mission is to inspire and introduce kids to the world of aviation.


  • Free flight with an FAA certificated pilot. Flights will take off from Exploration of Flight, located on the south side of Centennial Airport. (Ages 8-17)
  • Free access to Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course: $279 value. (Ages 13 and up)
  • Reimbursement of the FAA written exam if passing score received after using Sporty’s online course; $165 value. (Ages 15 and up)
  • Free first flight lesson after completing the first three volumes of the Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course: $130 value. (Ages 13 to 19)
  • 50% off a Friends and Family Membership to Wings Over the Rockies.


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Private Pilot Ground School - Wings Museum

Step 2: Introduction to Ground School (Ages 12-17)

Wings Over the Rockies’ Introduction to Ground School workshop offers the basics of pilot training and helps feed the love of flight. (Registration fee required.)


  • Student membership to Wings Over the Rockies
  • Introduction to pilot basics
  • Simulator training
  • Pre-flight basics

Step 3: Private Pilot Ground School (Ages 14 and up)

This 8-week Ground School will cover the subject areas of the FAA Private Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Exam. This course is taught by Certified Instructors, and materials are included! Classroom ground instruction offers a great way to start training as efficiently and economically as possible, providing a significant cost savings versus one-on-one lessons.


Topics include:

  • Aircraft Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Airports and Airspace
  • Flight Physiology
  • Performance Calculations
  • Navigation
  • And More!



Non-Member | $350.00 per registrant

Member | $300.00 per registrant


Next Class: On Saturdays from April 8th 2023 to May 27th 2023, 9:30am – 1:00pm

This class is currently being reserved for Flight Training Scholarship applicants. Remaining seats will be sold at a later date. To join the waitlist, please click here.

Intro Ground School - Wings Museum
Wings Museum Flight Education Scholarship

Step 4: Flight Training Scholarships (Ages 15 and up)

Wings Over the Rockies is thrilled to offer flight training scholarships to Colorado students (ages 15-18). The funds have generously been provided by the James C. Ray Foundation and offer students an opportunity to work towards private pilot certification in gliders or single engine airplanes. Funding can additionally be used for discounted ground school, to include books and material.

  • Up to $10,000 flight training scholarships for a private pilot certificate in a single engine aircraft
  • Up to $6,000 for private pilot certificate for gliders

*Application required. Scholarships are not available year-round.

Questions? Contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org.