The Aviation Basics You’ll Learn at Pali Adventures Aviation Camp

Do you love the idea of flying various aircraft? Is it your dream to become a pilot?

If so, you’re likely wondering where you can learn aviation basics to take your passion for flying to new heights. One of the best places you can do just that is at Pali Adventures. 

Our aviation summer camp is packed with fun activities where you’ll learn all the basics as you make lifelong memories. 

Aviation Terminology

One of the most important things you can learn is proper terminology. There are a number of words and phrases that are only used by pilots and others in the aviation industry. If you don’t know them, you won’t be able to do much. 

At Pali Adventures, we’ll teach you some of the basics you need to get yourself off the ground. This includes terms like:

  • Yaw
  • Roll
  • Pitch
  • Throttle 
  • Climb
  • Drag
  • Crosswind
  • Yoke
  • Threshold 

These and more will help prepare you to fly a plane or pursue a career in aerodynamics if that’s something you want to do. 

Your knowledge of these terms will be put to the test when you fly one of our quadrotor drones. The terms for manned aircraft and drones are the same, so you’ll get to practice your new vocabulary as you fly. 

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Planes and helicopters are able to fly because of aerodynamics. Understanding how that works is an important part of aviation summer camp because of how essential this knowledge is. 

Aerodynamics will teach you about the way the air moves around a solid object. In this case, that object is the wing of a plane. You’ll learn about how the movement of the air lifts a plane off of the ground and keeps it there. 

To help you fully understand these concepts, you’ll put them to use as you design and build a rocket. Once your rocket is ready, you and your team will get to launch it into the sky. If you were paying attention, yours could go the highest. 

Airplane Flying

There’s no better way to learn how to fly a variety of different types of aircraft than using virtual reality (VR). We have several sets that allow you to jump in and start flying a plane from the safety of the ground. 

These sets are made up of VR goggles so everything you see is in the simulator and a replica of the yoke or control wheel of a plane so it feels like you’re really flying. 

These provide a fun way you can get into the pilot’s chair and start flying no matter your skill level. You’ll continue to use your knowledge of aviation terms and aerodynamics to fly various planes in a virtual world. 

Helicopter Flying

Despite the thrill of flying a drone and taking planes up and down in VR, there’s nothing that can top getting into a real helicopter and getting the chance to fly. 

Our helicopter flight is piloted by a qualified and experienced instructor who’s passionate about teaching the younger generation about the aircraft. 

Soar above Pali and you’ll be glad you paid attention throughout the rest of the week. This will be an unforgettable experience that could change your life forever if it creates a passion for flying. 

group of kids throwing toy planes

Soft Skills

In addition to all the aviation basics we teach at Pali Adventures, we also love to teach soft skills. Those are interpersonal skills that are hard to definitively measure but are an essential part of being a well-rounded individual. 

What’s great about these skills is that even if you never get in a plane or helicopter again, you’ll still go home with something you can use in other areas of your life. 

Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the soft skills we focus on during aviation summer camp. 


If you don’t believe in yourself, you’ll have a hard time accomplishing your goals now and for the rest of your life. That’s why one of the things we work so hard to develop at Pali Adventures is self-confidence. 

We do this by helping you overcome the challenges that come up during the week. Many of the activities you’ll participate in are intentionally difficult so you have to push yourself to complete them. 

As you finish these tasks, you’ll see how much you can do when you believe in yourself. Take that feeling with you when you go back to school and beyond and you’ll find you can do anything you put your mind to. 

Critical Thinking

Making decisions can be daunting when you don’t know what the right choice is. They’re made even harder when emotions come into play. That’s where critical thinking will help. 

Critical thinking is defined as your ability to form an opinion or make a decision based on the available facts rather than your emotions. It teaches you to slow down and make a wise choice instead of reacting in the heat of the moment. 


Unless you decide to live completely alone in the middle of the woods, you’ll need to collaborate with other people to get anywhere in life. In the aviation world, the collaboration between the pilot, air traffic control, and others are what ensures the safety of the pilot, any passengers, and the people on the ground. 

Teamwork and communication skills will help you get along well with others and accomplish goals within group settings. This will help you do group projects in school and will set you up for success in your future workplace. 

Ready to Enroll in Aviation Summer Camp?

Now you know some of the aviation basics you can learn at Pali Adventures. As you can see, you’ll get everything you need to start learning how to fly all types of aircraft

If you haven’t already done so, enroll in aviation summer camp today! Spots for this camp and all of our specialty camps fill up quickly, so get in as soon as you can to avoid missing out on this unique opportunity!