NASA Wings | Aviation Flight | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Aviation Management and Flight

NASA Wings | Aviation Flight | SIU

NASA Wings

The Department of Aviation Management and Flight at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, in conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is excited to offer NASA Wings, a week-long camp designed to give interested high school students an opportunity to learn more about how space communications and navigation systems impact and benefit aviation.

NASA Wings offers students the chance to explore careers in aviation and aerospace by providing ground and flight training at SIU Carbondale’s facilities. Participants will attend ground school classes, fly university flight training devices and aircraft (weather permitting), and enjoy evening activities on campus.

Participants will spend a week at the Southern Illinois Airport learning about subjects including:

  • History of flight and navigation systems
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Weather satellites
  • Search and rescue operations
  • Preflight aircraft inspections
  • Communication procedures

NASA Wings

The camp is limited to 8 students. Students must be completing their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school this year, and must be nominated by a school counselor or math/science teacher.

Nomination and application dates are determined and announced in the late spring each year. Nomination paperwork is sent to schools at that time.

For more information, please contact Steve Goetz at 618-453-9280 or email

Major funding for this camp is provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through NASA Headquarters/Space Communications and Navigation office and the Glenn Research Center. “Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) coordinates multiple space communications networks as well as network support functions to regulate, maintain, and grow NASA's space communications and navigation capabilities, in support of all NASA's space missions.” (The quoted information was accessed on March 24, 2014,