Fuqua School partnered with the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) who volunteer their time. This is not a club, it’s an aviation class—one of only a few nationwide. Students who enroll in the class will be able to work under the direction of members of the EAA to construct a Zenith 750, an all-metal, single-engine, two-place airplane. Whether a student dreams of becoming a pilot, or is seeking a hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) course to augment his or her high school curriculum, this unique course will give a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to these high school students.
The classroom portion of the class will center around an on-line Aviation 101 course offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. “Course topics include aircraft systems, aerodynamics, flight instruments, airports, airspace, air traffic control, aeromedical factors, aviation weather, performance, navigation and more.” (www.erau.edu
) Students will spend three days each week in a Fuqua School classroom taking this course. Students will spend two days each week building the Zenith 750 under the supervision of EAA Chapter 1202 members experienced in building kit planes.
"Airlines will need nearly half a million new commercial pilots worldwide by 2032," reports USA Today. "A shortage of air traffic controllers will be a burden the FAA will face every 25 years," predicts Vivian Giang of Business Insider. These predictions make it clear that aviation offers an excellent career path for high school students to consider. With this new program, Fuqua School and the EAA hope to spark a lifelong interest in flight and careers in aviation. This is the perfect opportunity for you to invest in the future of aviation in America, and to help provide an avenue for young people to explore potential career paths.
Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in the future of aviation! With an anticipated cost of nearly $50,000, this project can only become a reality with the financial support of donors like you. All contributions are tax-deductible and each donor will be recognized in all publications and press releases pertaining to the project. Each semester Fuqua School and the EAA will invite sponsors to visit the school to see how the plane is taking shape. Together, we can inspire the students to pursue the aviation careers of tomorrow.