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Wisconsin Student Solos In Class-Built Aircraft

Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 WESTOSHA, WIS. – The partnership between Central High School’s STEM Aviation Program and Eagle’s Nest Projects, Westosha, Wis., has provided students with an exciting and truly unique education experience and a venue for … Continue reading

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Wisconsin’s High School To Begin Second STEM Aircraft ProjectThe story of Westosha Central’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) aviation program in Westosha, Wis., is far from a story about just a club. It is a story of a motivated aviation enthusiast, an administration willing to dream, a supportive community, and future pilots, engineers, and innovators. Together, this group makes an everlasting and exponential impact by giving sky-high opportunities to high school students. The story began in April 2014 as James Senft, the motivated aviation enthusiast, approached the school’s principal about an idea that sounded impossible. From the liability involved, space needed, and funding required, it seemed as if the idea was doomed from the start. Yet, it is through defying adversity that success is found. Eagles Nest, a public charity, financed the purchase of a Van’s RV-12 aircraft kit and overtook the liability of flying the plane. The school provided the space for the club, overtook the risk while building the plane, and offered academic credit to students for completing ground school. Multiple community members, who shared the same vision, assisted by offering tools and donating scholarships to pay for the gas for students to take flying lessons. Businesses saw a chance to build and give back to the community by offering funding, tools and equipment for the plane. Senft volunteered to teach ground school and direct the program. Even local flight instructors offered lessons at a discounted rate. Defying the odds, the dream came to fruition 18 months later as “Falcon One” took flight. In the end, it took a group of dedicated individuals, businesses, parents, administrators, and students who shared a goal and overcame all obstacles. Yet, the magnificence of the aviation program lies not in its creation, but in its impact on students. To change the trajectory of someone’s life is truly powerful. The aviation club does just that. It inspires students to seek careers in engineering and aviation that were unheard of, or seemed out of reach, before the program began. Not only has this club given students a passion, but club president Josh Engberg says, “It’s given me a huge, unbelievable boost in life.” Through the hard work of securing and checking every nut, bolt and over 15,000 rivets, the aviation club gives members vital understanding, fundamental insight, and a deeper appreciation for aviation. Although a relatively small club with 12-15 students, they have started building their second aircraft. Recently, students from another local high school have toured the school’s workshop facilities and were able to obtain a taste of the program. Axiomatically, the effects of the club are widespread, transcending Central High School and inspiring not only Central students, but also people in the community, students from other high schools, and individuals around the country that read about the success of this program and dare to dream themselves. For additional information, email James Senft at senftj@westosha.k12.wi.us.The story of Westosha Central’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) aviation program in Westosha, Wis., is far from a story about just a club. It is a story of a motivated aviation enthusiast, an administration willing to dream, a supportive community, and future pilots, engineers, and innovators. Together, this group makes an everlasting and exponential impact by giving sky-high opportunities to high school students. The story began in April 2014 as James Senft, the motivated aviation enthusiast, approached the school’s principal about an idea that sounded impossible. From the liability involved, space needed, and funding required, it seemed as if the idea was doomed from the start. Yet, it is through defying adversity that success is found. Eagles Nest, a public charity, financed the purchase of a Van’s RV-12 aircraft kit and overtook the liability of flying the plane. The school provided the space for the club, overtook the risk while building the plane, and offered academic credit to students for completing ground school. Multiple community members, who shared the same vision, assisted by offering tools and donating scholarships to pay for the gas for students to take flying lessons. Businesses saw a chance to build and give back to the community by offering funding, tools and equipment for the plane. Senft volunteered to teach ground school and direct the program. Even local flight instructors offered lessons at a discounted rate. Defying the odds, the dream came to fruition 18 months later as “Falcon One” took flight. In the end, it took a group of dedicated individuals, businesses, parents, administrators, and students who shared a goal and overcame all obstacles. Yet, the magnificence of the aviation program lies not in its creation, but in its impact on students. To change the trajectory of someone’s life is truly powerful. The aviation club does just that. It inspires students to seek careers in engineering and aviation that were unheard of, or seemed out of reach, before the program began. Not only has this club given students a passion, but club president Josh Engberg says, “It’s given me a huge, unbelievable boost in life.” Through the hard work of securing and checking every nut, bolt and over 15,000 rivets, the aviation club gives members vital understanding, fundamental insight, and a deeper appreciation for aviation. Although a relatively small club with 12-15 students, they have started building their second aircraft. Recently, students from another local high school have toured the school’s workshop facilities and were able to obtain a taste of the program. Axiomatically, the effects of the club are widespread, transcending Central High School and inspiring not only Central students, but also people in the community, students from other high schools, and individuals around the country that read about the success of this program and dare to dream themselves. For additional information, email James Senft at senftj@westosha.k12.wi.us.

Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 The story of Westosha Central’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) aviation program in Westosha, Wis., is far from a story about just a club. It is a story of a motivated aviation … Continue reading

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Putting Kids In The Cockpit… Racine’s Young Aviators Program Celebrates 10 Years of Success!

by Stephen Myers Young Aviators Cofounder & Chairman Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 When I reflect on the experience I had at Young Aviators, some words come immediately to mind: excitement, inspiration and accomplishment. The most important word, … Continue reading

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South Dakota University To Host ACE Camp

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017 BROOKINGS, SD – South Dakota University will host an Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp, July 9-12, 2017. The camp provides high school students the opportunity to get an early start on aviation careers. … Continue reading

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GAMA Accepting Scholarship Applications

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017 WASHINGTON, DC – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is accepting applications for two prestigious scholarships valued at $2,000 each: The Edward W. Stimpson Aviation Excellence Award, and the Dr. Harold S. Wood … Continue reading

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Wisconsin High School Flys STEM Plane!

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017 Central High School student, Declan Steinke, has taken the controls of “Falcon One,” an RV-12, which was the school’s first homebuilt aircraft construction project. The project is part of the Westosha, Wisconsin high … Continue reading

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UND Receives First of 100 New Piper Aircraft To Upgrade Training Fleet

Published in Midwest Flyer – Dec 2016/Jan 2017 GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Piper Aircraft, Inc. has delivered the first of 100 new Piper aircraft trainers to the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, which placed … Continue reading

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FAA To Partner With Ohio University On NextGen

Published in Midwest Flyer – Dec 2016/Jan 2017 ATHENS, OHIO – Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Avionics Research Center has signed a five-year, $7.5 million research agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to provide technical support to … Continue reading

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Western Michigan University To Launch Virtual Reality Experience

Published in Midwest Flyer – Dec 2016/Jan 2017 BATTLE CREEK, MICH. – Western Michigan University’s (WMU) College of Aviation and Extended University Programs launched a virtual reality experience during the world’s largest aviation event, EAA Airventure Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, … Continue reading

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International Flying Farmers Names 2016 Scholarship Recipient

Published in Midwest Flyer – Oct/Nov 2016 SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Michelle Peterson, 20, of Oregon, Wisconsin, has received the 2016 “International Flying Farmers Memorial Scholarship.” The award was presented at the organization’s 71st Annual Convention, July 17-21, 2016 at the … Continue reading

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