I have listed some resources that my son seen in this picture utilized to start off his career path to becoming a pilot as well as some additional resources that you may find helpful. I will continue to update new resources as I find them. I hope this helps you towards your aviation goals.
STEM FLIGHTS MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL, THE AGE RANGE IS 11-18. NO-COST FLIGHT EXPERIENCES FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
No-cost flight experiences for Middle and High School Students
Volunteer pilots (Pilot Mentors) are paired with students in their community. STEM Flights is available in all 50 states.
How much time does a STEM Flight take?
A. From start to finish, your STEM Flight experience will take about 4 hours. This is an estimated time breakdown to guide you through.
Online Application: 10 minutes
Call with Pilot Mentor: 10 - 20 minutes
Self study of online STEM Curriculum: 1 hour
Airport Meeting and Flight Experience: 2 hours (45-60 minutes of flight time)
Follow up Survey: 5 minutes
Resource exploration: 30 minutes
Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.
BLACK PILOTS OF AMERICA
Black Pilots of America, Inc. (BPA, Inc) is a non-profit flying organization. This organization trains youth to participate and advance in various types of employment within the field of aviation.
COMTO - CONFERENCE OF MINORITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS
Their mission is to ensure opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and certified MWDBE businesses through leadership training, professional development, scholarship and internship funding, political advocacy, partnership building and networking opportunities.
Building on the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee NEXT provides a clear path to aviation careers for at-risk youth. My son obtained his Private Pilot License from this program for free.
NATIONAL BLACK COALITION FEDERAL AVIATION EMPLOYEES
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CIVIL AIR PATROL (CAP)
If you’re between 12 and 18 years of age and dreaming about a career in aviation, space or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program may be for you.
AOPA is a non-profit political organization that advocates for general aviation. AOPA's membership consists mainly of general aviation pilots in the United States. FREE membership for ages 13 to 18.
Flight Training magazine, digital edition.
Special scholarships opportunities.
Flight Training helpline for advice and guidance.
Online tools to explore airports and places to fly.
Access to interactive safety courses and quizzes to test your knowledge.
Free AOPA App featuring aviation video content and podcasts.
Access to the Flight Training College Aviation directory.
An EAA Student Membership is available FREE of charge to any young person age 8 – 18 and 6 months who has completed a Young Eagles flight. A Young Eagles flight is just the beginning to exciting experiences in aviation and is free! Find a free Young Eagle flight on their website.
Enter the unique code that comes with your logbook to activate your FREE EAA Student Membership.
Membership is free and includes:
- FREE access to Sporty's Learn to Fly Course ($249 value)
- FREE first flight lesson* ($130 value)
- FREE admission to 300+ science and technology museums
- FREE Academy of Model Aeronautics Student Membership
- FREE digital copy of EAA Sport Aviation magazine
- Access to valuable flight training awards, education scholarships, and Air Academy camperships
*Upon completion of the first three volumes of the Sporty's Learn to Fly Course
FAA - FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
FAA is the largest transportation agency of the U.S. government and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the country.
FLY COMPTON AERONAUTICAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION - COMPTON, CALIFORNIA
Fly Compton Aeronautical Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 organization founded in 2020 by a group of African American professional pilots and aircraft mechanics that all had a common goal... to give back to and invest in the youth of their community. Concurrently, they are contributing to the diversification of an industry that has been long been exclusive to individuals of a higher economic status. Please contact them today to learn more about this amazing organization.
SISTERS OF THE SKIES
This organization seeks to increase sisterhood through scholarship, mentorship, and outreach. To develop pathways and partnerships to increase the number of black women in the professional pilot career field.
AIRLINE PILOT ASSOCIATION INT'L
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) strives to promote a diverse, inclusive culture where all pilots can be their authentic selves and are motivated to do their best, focusing efforts to foster a future generation of commercial airline pilots that better reflects the composition of the communities we serve.
ACADEMY OF MODEL AERONAUTICS ACADEMY
Their nationwide network of clubs supports this passion by providing flying fields, mutual learning, and a safe and fun environment for model aviation activities.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS
This organization promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology.
FIND AVIATION MEDICAL EXAMINER (AME)
Search for a aviation medical examiner in your area. This tool provides an up-to-date listing of AMEs, based on search criteria you select.
WOMEN IN AVIATION INTERNATIONAL
WAI membership is open to women and men from all segments of the aviation industry and in all stages of their career. You can find scholarships through their organizations.
THE NINETY-NINES, INC
THE NINETY-NINES, INC is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 44 countries - They currently have thousands of members throughout the world. They are a non-profit, charitable membership corporation holding 501(c)(3) U.S. tax status. The headquarters is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You can also find scholarships through this organizations.
SLING PILOT ACADEMY FREE VIRTUAL GROUND SCHOOL
Sling Pilot Academy is offering our daily Private and Instrument Ground school free to anyone who registers.
Free 10-week Online Private Pilot Ground School
Free 8-week Online Instrument Pilot Ground School