A primary goal of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. is to reach out to the youth of America and use the Tuskegee experience to mentor young people to successful and fulfilling lives and careers. In keeping with this, the chapter operates the Lee A. Archer Red Tail Youth Flying Program. The concept of this 501 C (3) organization is to use flight instruction as a context to mentor, tutor and provide role models for young men and women to affect positive change in the community.
In this 16th year, the program was extended to 21 students from the Mid-Hudson Valley. Our objective and vision are to take youth from 7th grade through 12th grade and introduce and teach all facets of aviation. Course work is once a week for three hours. Our program is situated in a classroom provided by our Atlantic Aviation sponsor. This space provides an environment that allows a serious approach to learning. This is also an ideal way to mentor and teach life skills. We also teach the discipline that is required not only in the aviation field, but any career path students choose.
Several chapter members are professional pilots and flight instructors. All of the instruction necessary are provided by volunteers. So therefore, the Program offers opportunities for hands on flight training. The seniors in the program will compete each year for at least two private pilot licenses. All students in the program have the opportunity to pilot our aircraft. More flying time is dedicated to the juniors and seniors due to the age requirement and progress in the program. All flight training must be earned. Along with the flight training, many class trips are taken each year to aviation-oriented facilities to include; museums, corporate flight departments, air shows and air traffic control facilities.
The program runs concurrent with the school year. The success of our program is evaluated by the success of our students going to college, military, or technical school, flight instruction received, the number of students attaining a solo, the number of students receiving a private pilot license, attrition and attendance. We abide by the chapter rules: “When Opportunity Knocks Have Your Bags Packed”-Gen. Daniel “Chapple” James and “If You Are Not 15 Minutes Early, You Are Late”-Unknown.
The Tuskegee Airmen have left a legacy of preparation, determination and excellence. As we journey forward we will use their legacy to build bridges to a future generation!
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