Aviators By Design was formed with the idea of reaching our youth and non-pilot public via a passionate education about aviation. Aviators By Design, which is a nonprofit 501-c-(3) organization, was set up to promote the various aviation education programs and offerings as well as some of its own techniques to accomplish this mission. Aviators By Design sponsors Aviation Post 9868 and the students of that post are building an airplane.
The Program operates as an Aviation Explorer Post. It is open to youth from the ages 14 to 21, both girls and boys as well as adult leaders. It is all about aviation, STEM education, aviation safety and our project plane which brings it all together.
These youth are building an airplane under the guidance of resources supplied by Aviators by Design. With that project in mind, there comes additional training and educational programs for the youth that will build multiple skills and improve their knowledge.
Through the process of building a project airplane, we want the youth to recognize the relationship of Freedom and Responsibility. Also that Aviation is an Earned Reward and that Pilots develop self-reliance.
AVIATORS BY DESIGN will develop, implement and promote educational and safety awareness programs that in addition to its own programs will utilize programs already in place.
Aviators By Design will base its primary operations at McPherson Airport in Kansas.
Aviators By Design uses the Fly To Learn (FTL) program that teaches Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) concepts. This makes learning fun for students and easy for teachers to implement. FTL promotes STEM fundamentals using the flight simulator X-Plane. Students learn S.T.E.M. disciplines through the design, construction, flight, and performance evaluation of virtual airplanes, proving learning can be exciting and engaging. The FTL curriculum meets and exceeds the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) curriculum of standards for science education. It gives us the opportunity to approach every kid in America whether they are in public, private, home schools or in an after school program.
The final step is to set up mentoring programs where as the Youth or anyone who gets excited about Aviation set forth by the collaborated efforts of Aviators By Design will have a mentor.
These mentors will come from many areas to include existing pilots, EAA members, fellow Aviation Explorers, EAA Chapter members, Flying Club members and our Aviation Schools like North Dakota School of Aviation and Kansas State University School of Aviation.
This is a key element to have in place that further nurtures that excitement of flight and encourages participation in the many facets of our Aviation community.