Aviation at Linden Hall

Aviation Program


The aviation program at Linden Hall is an extracurricular offering for girls in grades 9 - 12. Taught at the nearby Lancaster Airport, Linden Hall’s Aviation Program provides young women with the knowledge, skills, and in-flight training to obtain their private pilot’s license while still in high school. Created for Linden Hall by an American Airlines pilot and certified flight instructor, the program provides a unique application of classroom concepts including engineering, physics, and math.

Aviation Course of Study

The program course of study consists of eight (8) modules. All eight modules are required to be completed to be eligible for a private pilot certificate. Supplemental modules can be added if students require additional training. Students are required to take the modules in order, however, students may skip a semester if the need arises. Classes meet on a weekly basis, during or after school, and on weekends.

Each module consists of:

  • Five hours of flight training
  • Five hours of one-on-one ground school
  • Use of Linden Hall’s reserved Cessna 150
  • All program materials


For over a century, women have been soaring to new heights in the aviation industry. From American Helen Richey, the first woman pilot for a U.S. commercial airline in 1934 to Astronaut Eileen Collins, the first female Space Shuttle Commander in 1999, the number of women in the aviation industry continues to increase. Today, women can be found in nearly every aviation occupation that exists. Still, female pilots only account for 6% of the number of pilots worldwide. Following in Linden Hall’s longstanding tradition of innovation in the education and empowerment of young women, our signature Aviation Program provides girls the opportunity to explore and eventually impact the number of women in the field of aviation.