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MacDill Aeronautical Academy (MAA) Aerospace Technology

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        Mr. Jeff Kaloostian                                     - Our Classroom views -
        Colonel, USAF (retired)                                         
        Commercial Pilot, Instrument rated
        (Single/Multi-Engine, Boeing 707/720)
        (813) 272-3006, x271

                Welcome!  I'm Mr. Kaloostian (Mr. K), a retired USAF pilot; I flew the KC-135 aerial tanker and B-1B bomber and now fly general aviation Cessna-172s and anything else when somebody will let me!  I have been teaching for nine years and I thoroughly enjoy aviation and space.  There are more opportunities to get into an exciting career in aerospace than you can imagine; I'm not just suggesting pilot, mechanic or astronaut.  I invite you to come learn how to fly, build/launch 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 lots of other opportunities.  
                This coming year, 2014-2015, we'll try out the "littleBits" electronic kits for space projects, continue to use LEGO MINDSTORM NXT robots acting as space probes and use BLADE electric helicopters for our helicopter aerodynamics unit. Our AEROKNIGHTS Club is a fun model rocket club.  
                Advanced Technology Applications (Aerospace Technology IV) students will be learning the Computer-Aided Design program, SOLIDWORKS, and hopefully receiving a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) industry certification.  We'll be getting a MakerBot 3D printer to "print" the SOLIDWORKS aerospace parts, e.g. wings, fuselage, etc.  The second semester consists of an Embry-Riddle "Unmanned Aerial Systems" course for duel-enrollment college credits!  This Advanced class is open to anyone...no Aerospace Technology prior classes required!  
                Here at the MAA you get a unique chance to learn, build, experiment, tour and enjoy various aerospace activities and businesses.  Our relationships with MacDill Air Force Base, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aviation Academy (NAA), various aerospace manufacturers and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) open up a world of opportunities to understand the world of military and civilian aerospace.  
                Traditional and IB students may join the Aeronautical Academy!  I encourage you to visit the website then come visit us in room 060 of Robinson HS.  If you enjoy getting your feet off the ground, you'll enjoy our Academy!

Our first trip to Sypris Electronics on Manufacturing Day, Oct 4th, was a huge success...great tour, great conversation and great eats!


Our 2014 TARC Team!

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Good try guys!



Please contact me at jeffrey.kaloostian@sdhc.k12.fl.us
Upcoming Events for 2014-2015
August 19 - First day of school

Sep 30 - Tampa International Airport trip

Oct 10 - Southern Manufacturing Technologiy trip

Nov 14 - National Aviation Academy trip

MacDill AFB - ??????

April 10, 2015 - Kennedy Space Center trip

Last day of class; June 6th, Friday

Past Activities for 2013-2014
Sep 13th - National Aviation Academy tour

Oct 4th - Manufacturing Day tour of Sypris Electronics

Nov 12th - Tampa Int'l Airport

Dec 7th - Free airplane rides at Tampa Executive Airport with EAA Young Eagles

Jan 30th-EMS Printing (3D printers)

Feb 27th, 2014; MacDill AFB; great tour of squadron, airplane, K-9s and tower

Last Modified: Sep 28, 2014
T. R. Robinson High School -- 6311 S. Lois Ave. -- Tampa, FL 33616 -- Phone: 813-272-3006 -- Attendance Line: 813-272-3006 ext. #1 -- Fax: 813-272-3014