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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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Let’s Commit To Toward Zero Deaths In Aviation

by Cassandra Isackson Director, Minnesota DOT Office of Aeronautics Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017 While Flying Minnesota Airports, please add one word to your flight plan in honor of our commitment to TZD (Toward Zero Deaths) in Aviation, … Continue reading

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EAA STATEMENT ON FAA RELEASE OF THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL REFORM RULE

FAA’s BasicMed will take effect on May 1, 2017 EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (January 10, 2017) — Years of effort by EAA and AOPA culminated on Tuesday morning as the FAA announced regulations that will implement the aeromedical reform … Continue reading

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AOPA STATEMENT ON THE RELEASE OF THE FINAL THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REFORM RULE AND EFFECTIVE DATE

FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) issued the following after the FAA released its final rule for third class medical reform which the agency has named BasicMed: Teams of AOPA experts are now examining the regulations, … Continue reading

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AOPA HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL AVIATION STEM SYMPOSIUM

FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) hosted its second annual High School Aviation STEM Symposium at Seattle’s Museum of Flight Nov. 6 and 7. The event was attended by almost 200 education and aviation industry representatives from … Continue reading

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Facts About Aviation In Minnesota

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IG BAD VOODOO DADDY RETURNS TO GET THE JOINT JUMPIN’ AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2016

IG BAD VOODOO DADDY RETURNS TO GET THE JOINT JUMPIN’ AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2016 EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — Award-winning swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy joins the marquee musical lineup slated for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 … Continue reading

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BIG AIRPLANES, BIG EVENTS PART OF BOEING’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2016

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — The 100th anniversary of The Boeing Company, the world’s largest commercial and military aircraft company, will bring a unique collection of airplanes and presentations to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 on July 25-31. The 64th … Continue reading

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Florida – The Place To Fly To, When The Snow Flys In The Midwest

by Dave Weiman Depending on where you live in the Midwest and your final destination, Florida is between 1,000 and 1,500 nautical miles southeast, and the course is mountain free if you fly west of the Appalachian Mountains. One or … Continue reading

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The U.S. Senate’s FAA Reauthorization Bill: Drones & Beyond – What’s In It For The GA Community?

by Russell A. Klingaman, Esq. On April 19, 2016, the U.S. Senate approved its FAA Reauthorization Bill. The U.S. House of Representatives has its own Reauthorization Bill pending. The current FAA short-term reauthorization expires on July 15, 2016, giving Congress … Continue reading

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