Imagination Takes Wing

Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the EAA Aviation Museum is one of the world’s finest aviation attractions and a year-round destination for the entire family.

Operation Aviation

Grades: 6th-12th

Los Angeles is in ruins. A magnitude 9.0-earthquake has shaken the city to its knees and millions of people are in desperate need of help. Fires and oil spills have blockaded the ports, and huge landslides have buried the highways. The only hope for the quake-ravaged city is your group and their seven small cargo airplanes.

In Operation Aviation, the museum’s dynamic simulation experience, up to 21 people spend three hours as members of a disaster-relief agency tasked with delivering supplies to the victims of this catastrophic mock earthquake.

Working in three-person teams, the group becomes pilots, navigators, flight engineers, and operations planners. Equipped with cutting-edge flight simulation technology and innovative learning materials, the flight crews plan and fly their rescue missions.

The Operation Aviation crews must work fast. Lives are at stake in this high-pressure simulation experience. From the group’s first moments in the Operation Aviation Emergency Operations Center to the last landing in the dynamic full-size digital cockpits, the action is intense. This is interactive learning at full throttle.

Operation Aviation is designed to meet the academic needs of students in grades 6 through 12, as well as adults in special team-building missions. Every minute of the Operation Aviation experience was created with a set of clear goals: foster “on your feet” thinking, encourage team-based problem-solving, enhance traditional academic subject matter with real-world applications, and generate enthusiastic exploration of aviation at its best.

The clock is ticking. Do you have a group that is looking for an unforgettable experience with true educational punch? If you are looking for a hands-on field trip that will engage your group in an intense learning environment like no other, book your Operation Aviation mission now, and for three hours your group can become heroes.

Minimum/Maximum Group Size: 15/21 students (teams of 3)

Time Required: 2½-3 hours

$16.50 per student (includes museum admission)

For more information, to learn package costs, or to make a reservation, please e-mail museum@eaa.org or call 920-426-4800.

Students will:

  • Explain the motion of objects by describing the forces acting on them
  • Use an atlas to estimate distance, and calculate scale
  • Use reasoning abilities to evaluate information, perceive patterns, formulate questions for further exploration, and defend work
  • Organize work and present mathematical procedures and results clearly, systematically, and correctly
  • Select and use tools with appropriate degree of precision to determine measurements directly
  • Work together as a team to plan your operation
  • Work individually to master your aircraft position
  • Work together as a team to fly the mission(s) to the best of your ability in a limited amount of time
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