Photo above – Curt Brunges, Managing Director of Aviate & Pilot Strategy at United Airlines. (EAA Photo)
EAA AeroEducate, a bold new program that opens a wide spectrum of possibilities for young people interested in aviation, was officially launched on July 26 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, initiating an interactive, educational, and engaging experience for young people ages 5 to 18 years old.
AeroEducate’s web-based resource provides clear, age-appropriate pathways to aviation and aerospace engagement, and even career paths. A multitude of turnkey, easy-to-use aviation-themed activities are available for youth, as well as for teachers and EAA chapters.
“AeroEducate takes the best elements of EAA’s successful youth engagement programs and adds online access for youth, their parents, and their teachers,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board. “In addition, comprehensive programs from top companies worldwide lift the potential of the program even higher with access to resources in aviation, engineering, business, and more.”
Beginning today, AeroEducate will be available for youth, teachers and chapter leaders to enroll as beta test participants. The beta testing will ensure that resources are fully available, easy-to-access, and well-integrated. That includes contributions from the corporate supporters announced at the July 26 news conference, including:
- United Airlines’ Aviate – The Official Airline of AeroEducate. Aviate is United Airlines’ specialized pilot development program that offers training, continuous support, and key connections for those who seek careers flying for a world-class global airline. The program offers multiple pathways, particularly the pilot career pathway, and the most direct route toward a job offer with United.
- Siemens Digital Industries – The Official Engineering Partner of AeroEducate, Siemens’ will be instrumental in helping EAA create clear career pathways into the world of aviation and aerospace engineering. Top aerospace and defense manufacturers leverage and trust Siemens’ proven software and services to drive digital transformation.
- Airbus – The Official Aviation Business Partner of AeroEducate. Airbus will be particularly beneficial in helping EAA inspire young people to pursue business focused careers in the aviation and aerospace industry. The global scope and scale of Airbus offers opportunities to explore some of the world’s most challenging production and business development issues impacting the aviation industry.
“There are countless opportunities available in the world of flight, even those that we right now cannot even imagine,” Pelton said. “AeroEducate unlocks the potential that can be combine through many top-quality programs and delivery methods to provide the best possible resources for young people and how they learn and discover their personal futures.”