In addition to traditional schools, The Airplane Guy is happy to work with homeschooling associations and youth groups.
Live out of town? Distance isn’t a concern as all the programs can easily be brought to schools and centres anywhere.

The Airplane Guy’s programs are a perfect fit with curricular guidelines for the Alberta Programs of Study and cover a variety of Science, Language Arts and Social Studies units from Grades 1-6.

The Airplane Guy’s Programs

Calgary Street Names

Who was McKnight Blvd. named after? How about Barlow Trail? Several of the city’s streets and landmarks are named after prominent Calgary aviators. Learn their fascinating stories and the impact these people had on our city.

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 1 Citizenship: Belonging and Connecting
1.1: My World: Home School and Community
Grade 4 Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories
.1: The Stories: Histories and Peoples of

Calgary’s Airport History

The first flight in Calgary took place in Shouldice Park in 1911. Since then the Calgary airport has occupied land in several different neighborhoods including Bowness and Renfrew. In the process it has grown dramatically and changed the landscape and layout of the city forever. Learn about the social and cultural changes this has caused and explore the impact that the airport has had and will have on the city as its growth continues.

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 4 Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories
4.2: Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges

May and McCall

Wop May and Freddie McCall were Albertans who distinguished themselves as World War One fighter pilots. Returning home after the war, they used their talents to begin Alberta’s first aviation companies.  They and their peers greatly influenced industry in Alberta and affected urbanization and settlement in the province forever. Both men have remarkable stories of bravery, industriousness and adventure that all Albertans should hear about.

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 4 Alberta: The Land, Histories and Stories
4.1: The Stories: Histories and Peoples of Alberta
Grade 5 Canada: The Land: Histories and Stories
5.3: Canada: Shaping an Identity

Geographical Thinking

Students will learn about Calgary’s flying community as they participate in this mapping exercise. The history of flight in Calgary can be broken down into six distinct eras, each with a “typical” aircraft type. How far could each airplane travel? What would access to aircraft mean for people within this reach? Learn about scale, distances and boundaries as we plot our flight routes on provincial, national and world maps.

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 6 Meeting Human Needs: Geography/Mapping

Five Ways of Looking at an Airplane: Flight as a Metaphor

Flight is used all the time in descriptive and poetic language. Does your heart soar? Is there someone in your life that is the wind beneath your wings? What different emotions and feelings can flight represent?  Explore imagery, perspective and metaphors through the use of modern poetry and your students’ imaginations.  Students will learn how their five senses can be used to explore an airplane and how the metaphoric language of flight can be used to generate powerful and meaningful pieces of creative writing.

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 5 English Language Arts
Grade 6 English Language Arts

Theory of Flight

An in-depth look at the history of mechanical flight and the forces that make it possible. Explore the development of aircraft and the unique design features that enable them to perform a wide variety of roles. Learn how planes can move around their three axes and the differences between fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Bernoulli’s Principle and Newton’s Laws of Motion are visited in detail as the forces of flight are thoroughly explained.

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 6 Topic A: Air and Aerodynamics
Topic B: Flight

Aircraft Crash Investigation

Students exercise their observational and interpretational skills as part of a crash investigations team. An airplane has crashed just outside of Calgary and it is their job to uncover the cause of the accident and decide what courses of action should be taken to stop such an event from reoccurring.  Students will learn the role of actual crash investigators and the unique evidence that has to be uncovered when an airplane goes down. Fun and challenging, this program also promotes teamwork and communication skills.

Curriculum Connections:
Grade 6 Topic D: Evidence and Investigation

Don’t see the program you want?  No problem.

The Airplane Guy is much more than just Theory of Flight. He has partnered with dozens of teachers to create customized programming based on their “Big Picture”. Flight as a Metaphor? Aviation Art?

Work with The Airplane Guy to give your students a meaningful and memorable educational experience.