Young Aviators focuses on developing strong leaders with a foundation in fields that will be viable options for careers later in life. Our teams have the opportunity to work with the same mentor on an ongoing sub-project to expand their knowledge in their chosen area of interest. Our Aviators are encouraged to seek variety in their tasks and try a variety of teams to find their place on the project team.
Our mentors are all unique in their skills and are eager to share with the kids. Our adult team includes pilots from every area of aviation with a variety of career backgrounds and education.
Currently, the turret team is working with a aeronautical engineer on the design and installation of the turret.
We have a team who is working on the pilot and co-pilot's instrument panel. The instrument panel will initially have some switches that will create an effect for the kid who is sitting in that seat. The switches with capabilities will be expanded over time to add more depth to the model and realism. The Young Aviators are working with their mentor's to create these effect and brainstorm ideas and methods to create additional "working" parts.
The trailer team is being tasked to figure out what will be needed to haul this beautiful girl to Wisconsin next summer. With challenges such as center of gravity, towing capabilities of available vehicles, the length of the whole unit, and overall mass, they have been relying on engineers on the mentor team to help sort out the issues.
The adult communications leader is working with the elected kid leaders to welcome new members, coordinate communication among the parents, mentors, and elder youth. With the number of new members who have expressed interest, website development and email infrastructure will continue to be a challenge. One of our younger members just solved one problem: a calendar. By inserting a real time calendar to the site, the members can see deadlines and meeting times that are coming up.