Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Rectrix Aerodrome

Contact: Blanca Diaz

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 20

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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                     “Soar to New Heights by Exploring Careers in Aviation?!””

“RECTRIX AERODROME...a rectrix is a flight feather on the tail of a bird used for directional control.  as we watch a flock of birds in flight, we are always amazed by their perfect formation as they migrate to faraway places. In that context RECTRIX AERODROME was born. Rectrix Aerodrome is considered a fixed-base operation (FBO)….an organization granted the right by an airport to operate at the airport and to provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, and similar services. In addition to fixed-base services. Rectrix Aerodrome offers premium private jet charter and aircraft management.

….and did you know that Sarasota has its very own international

Organization of Women Pilots called the Ninety-Nines?


“The NINETY-NINES FIRST PRESIDENT WAS AMELIA EARHART!” Amelia earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and as a result was awarded the United States Distinguished Flying Cross. She served as aviation editor for Cosmopolitan Magazine (now Cosmo) and wrote about her flights in National Geographic and numerous newspapers. The Ninety-Nines Internation Organization of Women Pilots was established in 1929 by 99 women, including Amelia Earhart who served as their first president. Today this international organization includes licensed women pilots from 44 countries and currently has thousands of members throughout the world. A second international organization, the International Aviation Women’s Association (AWA), founded in 1988 and located in Tampa, possesses a similar mission…to cultivate and advance leaders in aviation and aerospace industries through a global network. A third organization, Association for Women in Aviation (AWAM) Maintenance is open to both men and women with membership opportunities for both students and corporations. The membership consists of maintenance technicians, engineers, teachers, scientists, vendors and pilots that support maintenance in one form or another. Both men and women understand the expressed need for women in the maintenance and aviation industries to have a means by which to communicate and support each other. According to Pilot Career News (2018), “PILOTING A PLANE SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT GENDER; IT IS ABOUT HARD WORK, ABILITY AND DESIRE!” Gender bias is becoming less in today’s aircraft industry but more encouragement is needed as only 6% of women are pilots. The need to fill jobs to accommodate industry growth is paramount! In this exploration, students will see first-hand the many career paths possible in aviation and associated industries.

“A mile of highway will just take you one mile…

but a mile of runway will take you anywhere!”

Prepare to be amazed as your Rectrix Aerodrome and women of the 99s expose you to the Magic of Aviation!


 Possible activities may include:

  • a tour of the SRQ Control Tower
  • a tour of the Mosquito Control Facility, focusing on the types of aircraft used for MED FLY release program and mosquito control
  • a tour of Universal Flight School where the flight simulators are located
  • a tour of Rectrix Aerodrome where students will come to understand differences between a Fixed-base operation (FBO) and commercial operation. Other discussions may include the operation of Rectrix, the positions offered, the types of careers and the types of aircraft that use the facility
  • a wrap-up in the Rectrix Aerodrome conference room involving a question-answer debriefing and “reporting out” by students


Most students, be it in middle or high school, struggle with choosing careers they are interested in. Those who do have an idea of what careers they would like to pursue believe that they must make a choice between interests…but at Rectrix Aerodrome those interests can be combined. Rectrix FBOs provide all the essentials needed: a red carpet welcome, experienced personnel, seamless operations and a world-class facility, Rectrix Aerodrome personnel are focused on customer service and safety; and, they have a dedication to excellence in aviation and a commitment to exceptional service. Rectrix Aerodrome has a pledge-to handle all aircraft, passengers, and crew with care. According to Andrea Jaunschneg, the station manager, “Our FBO provides flight support services including fueling, hangar space, ground handling, aircraft maintenance, and conference and meeting rooms. Rectrix’s knowledgeable staff provides services ranging from assistance with travel coordination, hotel reservations, premier catering, rental cars and anything else needed.” This quote reflects that students who have a love of aviation can combine that love with such careers as hospitality, aircraft maintenance and aircraft piloting.

Aviation is a career path that is in desperate need of both men and women! According to Pilot Career News (April 26, 2018), “the barriers that might have prevented women from flying planes are disappearing and most importantly, the aviation sector now needs female pilots.” The field of aviation is wide-open for both men and women. According to Boeing’s Pilot and Technician Outlook, 637,000 new pilots will be needed by 2036. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation community, understanding the need, is building an aviation STEM curriculum for high schools, effective 2018-2019. The curriculum includes three career and technical pathways: pilot, unmanned aircraft systems/drones, and aerospace engineering. To learn more about AOPS’s programming, go to

Understanding the connections between what is being taught and career aspirations are essential to both increased student achievement as well as to the development of a trained community-based workforce. When teachers, students, and parents can assess meaningful connections and transfer that knowledge from class to real world, everyone benefits.

THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY is serving as the coordinating organization for the EdExploreSRQ Interactive (or Experiential) Career Series. 


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