Most of our Young Aviator volunteers are pilots. And pilots, by their very nature, love to fly and share their experiences. We started our program in 2008 with the concept of using aviation as an “appetizer” to get young people excited about the main course STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Our goal is not to produce the next generation of pilots. Rather it is to get more students interested in STEM careers.
All training is done at Racine’s EAA Chapter 838 located at (KRAC) Batten International Airport. The program runs for five consecutive days in early August each year. During the class week, each student receives 30 hours of classroom study in physics, chemistry, math and a host of other material related to aviation. Simulator and actual in-flight training are provided by professional, FAA-certified flight and simulator instructors. Our goal is to graduate students with a newly gained appreciation for technical information, with a stimulating understanding of how to use tools to build things, with solid confidence after five hours of simulator experience, with the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment, after five hours of actual in-the-air flight training and a lifelong understanding that, with proper instruction and hard work, virtually anything is possible.
The U.S. needs more engineers and scientists if we are to maintain our position as the world’s technology leader. It is alarming to know that every year both China and India produce more…many times more…engineers and scientists than we do. Sadly, the gap continues to widen.
STEM-oriented education programs like Young Aviators play an urgently needed role that helps to “light the spark” of interest and encourages American students—boys and girls—to enroll in technology-based curriculums. Doing so will give them the skills to thrive in today’s “Information Age” and contribute to the future success of our county.
Young Aviators Inc is a Wisconsin based, volunteer-led, 501-c-3 non-profit corporation registered with the IRS and the State of Wisconsin. Donations are tax-deductible and urgently needed. Tuition fees, for families that can afford to pay them, cover less than a third of actual program costs. Raising the remainder of these fees is a continuing and challenging job. We are fortunate that support for our program, now entering our eleventh year, comes from friends, local businesses, industrial firms, corporations, foundations, service groups and Racine’s EAA Chapter 838. Operations are conducted by a staff of unpaid volunteers and a distinguished group of professional flight and simulator instructors. The five-day program week is a remarkable blending of adults, kids, aviation classes, hangar workshops, tools, aircraft parts, simulators, and airplanes all focused on learning, flying and having fun.
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“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” — Socrates