Full course description

Course Date:



12 weeks


1 hr/week



Course Type:





Aviation 101 is a free online Introduction to Aviation Course. Are you interested in aviation? Have you thought you might like to become a pilot? Proceed at your own pace to learn fundamentals that will give you a head start to your aviation career.

Aviation 101 is comprised of nine video lessons, which will introduce you to a variety of topics in aviation.

  • Aircraft Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Instruments
  • Airports
  • Airspace
  • Radio Communication & ATC
  • Aeromedical
  • Aviation Weather
  • Performance and Navigation

No matter your age or your goals, whether you are taking your first steps toward an aviation career, or if you are an experienced pilot, Aviation 101 has something for you! Be sure to share this course with anyone who may also be interested in aviation!


By the end of this course students will...

  • The student will be become aware of basic aviation topics such aerodynamics, the National Airspace System, aircraft systems, aviation weather, and many other aviation specific knowledge areas.
  • The student will be able to describe at a rudimentary level the operation of aircraft systems and flight instruments and the role they play in modern aviation.
  • he student will be able to explain how the human body reacts to the flight environment and the physiological limitations associated with manned flight.
  • The student will be able to describe the important role weather plays in aviation and why it is critical for pilots to be knowledgeable in this area.
  • The student will be able to provide a basic explanation of aircraft performance and navigation including what factors affect aircraft performance.
  • The student will be able to identify a variety of airport signs and markings and understand what those symbols mean for pilots and other airport operators.
  • The student will be able to explain the Air Traffic Control system and how it works to make aviation the safest form of travel on the planet.
  • The student will become aware of the various professions and occupations associated with aviation and hopefully be inspired to pursue one of these career paths.

Course Instructors

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Flight Department

Since its founding, Embry-Riddle’s Flight Department has turned people with a passion for aviation into the best pilots in the air. In fact, the flight program was the foundation of ERAU, and it continues to provide the training for all the programs at the university that require flight training.

However, the department doesn’t just train pilots — the training students receive here has always gone above and beyond the FAA requirements. In 1926, the flight school developed what was then called the Master Airman designation. These were not just pilots: They were able to fly airplanes in all conditions, troubleshoot problems that arose, and generally exceed the expectations of regulators in place.

The department has three buildings, a hangar, and more than 60 aircraft — all high-end, electronically supported models. Facilities also include a bank of simulators that includes the highest level of simulations available anywhere. The department has 150 flight instructors, plus 25 technicians performing support and maintenance in the hangar.

ERAU’s Department of Flight continues to be the provider of choice for professional pilots. Most graduates become professional airline pilots or have careers flying other commercial, private, or military aircraft. Some, however, minor in flight while enrolled in other programs.

However, all students are held to the same high standards of performance. The Department of Flight doesn’t just teach the nuts and bolts of flying; students learn what it means to be professional, to be safety conscious, and to have the right ethical foundation to be a great professional pilot.