About Corona High Aviation

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Corona High Aviation is the newest addition to the Corona High STEM Academy.  Serving as the only Aviation Pathway in the Corona-Norco Unified School District, the pathway prepares students for a career in aviation, using state of the art, FAA approved flight stimulators, as well as professional level, unmanned aerial systems (drones).  Aviation students have opportunities at Corona High that are on par with local flight schools and colleges.

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The Aviation Pathway is lead by Mr. Chris Peterson.  Mr. Peterson is a Commercial Pilot as well as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII/MEI).  He earned his Private Pilot Certificate in 2002.  He earned his instrument rating and commercial certificate as well as his instructor certifications from ATP Flight School in 2004.  He taught primary flight instruction and instrument instruction at Alliance International Aviation at the Chino Airport for nine years.  He is currently a freelance instructor, flying regularly on weekends.  He flies for Pilots and Paws as well as the Husky Rescue Network to help newly adopted dogs arrive with their new families.  Mr. Peterson holds a Masters degree in Educational Technology.  In 2019, he  received his Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate (commercial drone license).  Mr. Peterson is also the Band Director at Corona High.  Mr. Peterson is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).  He teaches the Introduction to Flight and Aviation courses.  He hopes to inspire and mentor the next generation of pilots.


Mr. Kris Johnson is an Air Force veteran with aircraft experience. Enlisting in February 1995, he worked as an Electro/Environmental Specialist until his honorable discharge in August 2002. During that time, Mr. Johnson worked on KC-135R’s, numerous RC-135 models, and the E3 AWACS. He also gained experience on C-5’s, C-130’s, T-38’s, F-16’s, and the E-8 Joint STARS aircraft. Within 4 years, Mr. Johnson had earned the rank of Staff Sargent and was awarded a 7-level job status. At that point, Mr. Johnson was the lead mechanic and was ultimately responsible for not only making repairs on the aircraft, but also responsible for determining air worthiness and safety of the aircraft. As a 7-level Electro/Environmental Specialists, Mr. Johnson had shown mastery over many aircraft systems to include, aircraft pressurization, aircraft power generation, lighting, liquid oxygen systems, anti-skid brakes, aircraft air-conditioning, equipment cooling, ducting, and electrical components. After the Air Force, Mr. Johnson went into education. This is now his 15th year as a math and engineering teacher. His passion for aircraft and the aerospace industry is still evident as he strives to teach more Aerospace and Aviation courses. Currently, Mr. Johnson teaches the first course in the aviation pathway, “Launching into Aviation.” His goal in this class is to expose students with no prior knowledge into the world of Aviation helping to inspire them to pursue it as a career.