About Aviation Academy

Denbigh High School's Aviation Academy is a nationally recognized STEM site with a focus on piloting, aircraft maintenance, engineering, and aviation security/safety. Our mission is to provide a quality education that will maximize the potential of every student by providing them with the knowledge, skillsets, experiences and values needed in the 21st Century workplace.

  • Aviation magnet courses offered on an "airport campus" at Newport News/Williamsburg Airport. All other courses are conducted at Denbigh High School.
  • A small community of learning with a safe, collegiate atmosphere where expectations are high and young adults excel.
  • Aviation classes that begin in the 9th grade with four pathways: Aviation Technology, Flight Operations, Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Security & Safety.
  • An FAA Pilot Ground School course that will prepare students for flying lessons and private pilot licensure.
  • Four flight simulators used in the pilot classes.
  • A fully functioning wind tunnel capable of showing students the dynamics of flight with visual and data representation.
  • Students in the Technology pathway have the opportunity to help build an RV-12 plane.
  • Recognized as a national model school from the Society of Manufactured Engineers Education Foundation.
  • Students have access to a classroom set of drones, a virtual reality lab an d a 3D printing/scanning lab.

Download the Aviation Academy Brochure to learn more about our program and how to apply.

Our Core Beliefs

BE ATTENTIVE TO DETAIL: The difference between an employee that is highly sought after and recommended is those that are attentive to details.

BE SAFE: Every location wants their employees safe when they work. Being safety minded keeps the work productivity high.

BE PREPARED AND ORGANIZED: In order to do a job right means that great preparation and organization must be done to minimize the work and mistakes.

BE COMMITTED: Whether it is a team or individual approach, it is critical to be focused on your work. Anything less is unacceptable.

BE CLEAN: All work locations are required to be clean at all times. This ensures the longevity of the tools as well as maintaining a standard of excellence.

How Core Beliefs are Established

Soft Skills

Formal Conversations:

  • Interviews
  • Public speaking
  • Presentations

Informal Conversations:

  • Day-to-day work
  • Phone calls
  • Emails


  • Attire
  • Courtesy and respect
  • Giving back

Hard Skills

Written Expression:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Reports and outlines

Project Based:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creation of an ePortfolio
  • Real world scenarios

Preparing for the next level:

  • College applications
  • Grants and scholarships
  • Preparing and maintaining a budget

Education & Experiences


  • Dual enrollment
  • Course pathways
  • Experience with tools, vocabulary

Industry standards:

  • Certifications
  • Internships, mentorship and site tours
  • Safety and cleanliness

Research and development:

  • Teaming with partners to develop new products and models
  • Trying to fail
  • Exploration of ideas

Our Business Partners