December, 2018 This month we have had two of our students get their Private Pilot’s Licenses, and a former student and part-time mentor get his FOURTH instructor’s rating (land, seaplane, instrument, and now multi-engine.) I believe we can prove that aircraft construction is the best way to get kids to commit to aviation. One of those new PPLs goes to a student who also this month got about $50K in scholarships in aviation. We are proud of our students!
October 24, 2018 This evening about 4:42 Van’s aircraft kit #120453 went from being a project to being an airplane. The first test flight went well, and the kids had a great time watching. The plane flew hands-off and needed no propeller adjustment. It would appear that our kids really did a great job building this RV-12, and the RV-12 did a good job teaching them many lessons. Things not all related to aluminum and rivets, I might add. I am very proud of them, and what they created.
August, 2018 Back from Oshkosh, and it was a big success. We had 18 students there (actually more, but they were not part of our programs.) A highlight was Wednesday lunch with speakers Paul Dye (past Director of the Space Shuttle Program, and Past Director of the ISS, now Editor of Kit Planes Magazine,) and Dick VanGrunsven, founder of Van’s Aircraft. Both wonderful people and excellent inspiration to our kids. To many other highlights to cover, but a wonderful time.
July, 2018 Visit us at AirVenture Oshkosh! We will be located at 51st and Lindbergh, not far from the Antiques and Classics area of the field. During the day, you can almost always catch someone from AN, Inc at the student built aircraft display area, near the Homebuilt Hangar. Hope to see you there!
March 6th, 2018 – AviationNation just received notification that we were nominated for and are the recipient of the Civil Air Patrol’s Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award for our work with the Civil Air Patrol Cadets from Burke High School in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Frank G. Brewer-Civil Air Patrol Memorial Aerospace Award is presented in commemoration of Frank G. Brewer, Sr. and his lifelong interest in aviation, youth and education. This prestigious award is presented at the Annual Conference and is given to recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions, out of selfless devotion, to the advancement of youth in aerospace activities.
Huge thank you to Maj John Pineda, Squadron Commander of the Omaha Composite Squadron for submitting us for the award.
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AviationNation, Inc is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered near Columbus, Indiana, and working across the country. Our Mission Statement says it best:
AviationNation, Inc exists to help mentor today’s youth into well-rounded, creative, motivated and skilled young adults, through the discipline of aircraft building.
By well-rounded, we attempt to instill many “life” skills beyond just those skills necessary to build an airplane. We teach teamwork, leadership, craftsmanship, and PRIDE. That we define as Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort.
Please visit our Facebook page to see our students in action. For an idea of how we operate, first learn a little more about us. Then contact us for further information about our build projects or available curriculum, or to speak with a school administrator involved with an actual Van’s RV-12 build project! Finally, see who supports our efforts.