We have dual-enrollment college courses through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, FL..You can earn FREE college credits here!
Welcome to the MacDill Aeronautical Academy (MAA)! I'm Mr. Kaloostian (Mr. K) and this will be my 15th year teaching Aerospace Technology; I enjoy it tremendously. I am a retired USAF pilot; I flew the KC-135 aerial tanker and B-1B bomber for 28 years and now fly general aviation Cessnas and anything else when somebody will let me! There are more opportunities to get into an exciting career in aerospace than you can imagine, more than just pilot, mechanic or astronaut. I invite you to come learn how airplanes fly, all about small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), model rockets and research outer space! Take advantage of all we have to offer: field trips, free airplane rides at the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) "Young
Eagles" flights and through Discovery Flight donations from local flying schools and lots of other unique opportunities. This past 2018-2019 year saw our rocket team, Team Andromeda, qualify again in the national Team America Rocket Challenge (TARC) nationwide annual contest. We also have two students attending an ERAU Airport Managment course at Tampa International Airport summer 2019, and working there for 6 weeks in an annual competitive tri-county airport internship program, the Tampa Bay Regional Aeronautics Academy. Mike and Troy will be our 7th, and 8th students to gain this unique opportunity for their resume.
This coming year, the polo shirts with the MAA logo on it will be required for all group activities and field trips. Please get one (about $17) at the Uniform Nametape store at the corner of S. Dale Mabry and Oklahoma.
Here at the MAA you get a unique chance to learn, build, practice, tour and enjoy various aerospace activities and businesses. Our relationships with Tampa International Airport, MacDill Air Force Base, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the National Aviation Academy (NAA), various Aerospace Manufacturers and the EAA open up a world of opportunities to understand the world of military and civilian aerospace. This year, 2019-2020, Aerospace Technology levels 1 and 2 will continue to be high school credit aerospace courses, while levels 3 and 4 will be ERAU dual-enrollment courses. Aero 3 will be ERAU Aerospace/UAS history, Aero 4 will be two new exciting UAS classes, UAS Mission Planning (analyzing photos
using Pix4D) and UAS Photogammetry (using Photoshop and Premiere). Students who successfully pass these with a C or better will be receive 3 college credits/course. [NOTE: Entering freshmen who have had Aerospace I in middle school will not be able to enroll in ERAU courses until they are in 10th grade but may go into Aerospace II]
Traditional and IB students may join the Aeronautical Academy! I encourage you to visit us in Room 060 of Robinson High School. If you enjoy getting your feet off the ground, you'll enjoy our Academy!
Our Students and Classroom
Mr. Jeff Kaloostian, Colonel, USAF (retired)
(813) 272-3006, x271
Career & Technical Education Department Chair
Aerospace Technology Instructor
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Adjunct Professor