October 2016


Your monthly newsletter of the 
National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education 

Representing government, industry, and labor united to promote aviation and space education activities and resources, increase public understanding of these areas, and support related educational initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.


President's Column
Special Invite - 2016 NCASE Annual Membership Meeting

Aviation Design Challenge Registration Open
Girls in Aviation Day
Music City Chapter

Special Member Feature
Helicopter Foundation International

From the President

SPECIAL INVITE - 2016 NCASE Annual Membership Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

All NCASE Members and guests are welcome to the NCASE annual membership meeting on January 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!  

This year’s annual meeting is hosted by the Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) courtesy of HFI vice president, Allison McKay.  Our annual meeting is a great time to share your organization with others and learn more about new programs on the horizon.

HFI is located at 1920 Ballenger Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314-2898.  The King Street Metro Station (Blue and Yellow Lines) is conveniently located and parking is available in the Helicopter Association International garage on the P2 level.  There will be signs in the lobby directing you to the 4th Floor main lobby.

Recommended nearby hotels are the Westin located at 400 Courthouse Square (866-716-8108); the Hilton located at 1767 King Street (703-837-0440); and the Embassy Suites at 1900 Diagonal Road (703-684-5900) For a complete list of hotels, directions, and parking visit: https://www.rotor.org/AboutHAI/DirectionstoHAI.aspx 

The annual meeting agenda and dial-in information will be sent via email by Secretary, Betty Wilson. A catered lunch will be provided.  Please note we are requesting your response no later than December 30 so we can plan for in-person or dial-in attendance.  Email judy.rice@public-benefit.net with your confirmation. 

John Teipen, YouthWINGS founder and NCASE Director, will once again host GoToMeeting for our web based and dial-in which allows those unable to attend audio and visual participation. The https://livestream.com/YouthWINGS will be used for live broadcast and videotaping.  

We promise an energizing meeting discussing all our organizations’ projects, programs, and 2017’s coming events!  

Photos from 2015 Annual Meeting

This past month, Susan Lavrakas, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Workforce and NCASE Director announced her retirement. We wish her all the best, she’ll be missed.  We are very pleased to announce your NCASE Board of Directors has formalized the acceptance of Robin Thurman, AIA Director, Workforce and Industrial Base Development.  Robin will fulfill Susan’s remaining term.  Robin comes to AIA with over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sector.  Her main responsibilities focused on developing strategic national and global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs primarily focused on K-12 STEM education to ensure a strong workforce pipeline.  
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The two national awards hosted each year by NCASE, the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Jr. Aerospace Education Leadership Award and the Crown Circle Award, deadlines for the 2017 nominations quickly approaches!  We invite you to nominate one or more outstanding organization or individual for one or both of these prestigious awards.  The deadlines are no later than November 30, 2016.  Nomination forms for these award are located at: http://www.aviationeducation.org/resources/file-library-downloads

We are looking forward to your joining us the first Tuesday of each month for our monthly meeting telecoms and seeing you at HFI for our NCASE annual meeting in January! 

Sincerely Yours,

Judith A. Rice, President
National Coalition for Aviation & Space Education


Aviation Design Challenge Registration Now Open to All U.S. High Schools

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently announced that registration is open for the fifth annual GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge, a competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students using aviation.

The first 100 high schools that enter the competition will receive complimentary “Fly to Learn” curriculum and software powered by X-Plane that teach aerodynamic and aviation engineering principles. The curriculum can be completed either in class or in an after-school program. Schools will then apply that knowledge to modify an airplane design and complete a mission in a virtual fly-off using the software. Four students, one teacher, and one chaperone from the winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid trip during the summer of 2017 to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand.

Air & Space magazine profiled the Aviation Design Challenge in its October issue. As the magazine noted, several past winners and entrants are now pursuing careers in aviation as a result of the GAMA competition. Previous winners have hailed from Canby, MN; Saline, MI; Las Vegas, NV; Cuba City, WI; and Weyauwega-Fremont, WI.

Mike Hansen, teacher of the 2016 winning team from Weyauwega-Fremont High School in Weyauwega, WI, said the Aviation Design Challenge is an experience “my students will never forget.” He added, “The progress each of the students made in the areas of communication, teamwork, and technical skills will serve them well for the rest of their lives.”

Learning that his students won in 2014 was “one of my fondest moments as a school principal,” noted Grant Hanevold, Principal of Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, NV. Calling the experience "life-changing" for his students, he said, “I can’t thank you and the board enough for what you do, and for the positive impact you are making in the life of a kid.”

GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said, “GAMA is pleased to again sponsor the Aviation Design Challenge, which provides an outstanding opportunity for hundreds of high school students to develop their STEM knowledge and learn about aviation as a career. As our industry looks for more talented young people to fill the variety of aviation jobs that will open up in the coming years, this program has proven to be an excellent entry point for high school students and a valuable educational resource for their teachers, mentors, and administrators.”

Only one team per school may enter, and must consist of at least four students, including at least one female and one male student.

To learn more about the competition and to register, please visit www.gama.aero/advocacy/aviation-education/stem.

Read Morehttp://www.gama.aero/media-center/press-releases/content/aviation-design-challenge-registration-now-open-all-us-high-scho

This exciting day began with Chapter President,   Ms. Deborah Baugh, welcoming the dozen or so girls to the Lebanon Municipal Airport (M54) and a brief slideshow of “Careers in Aviation”.  The girls were treated to individual presentations from Music City Chapter Women in Aviation Members discussing their own educational and professional experiences. The Music City Chapter is comprised of pilots, aircraft mechanics, engineers and women that participate in various airport management roles.

The agenda for the day included;
  1. Aircraft Mechanics Stations: Hands on activities
  2. Pilot and Weather Station: Tour of Fixed Base Operation & video of AWOS in TN
  3. Photography:   Pictures made in Flight Suit with Aircraft by a real Aviation Photographer

At the end of the day each young lady received a backpack filled with lots of aviation career information and all Girl Scouts that attended received a patch for their attendance.
Helicopter Foundation International
Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) is a tax-exempt charitable organization that preserves and promotes the rich heritage of vertical aviation, while supporting the next generation of pilots and technicians.  HFI’s sister organization is Helicopter Association International (HAI), the trade association for the vertical aviation industry. As the leading voice of the international helicopter community, HAI advocates on behalf of its 4,300 members on legislative and regulatory issues. HAI also provides resources to help members run their businesses economically, efficiently, and safely, while annually hosting the world’s largest trade show devoted to vertical aviation, HAI HELI-EXPO®.
HFI fields programs in each of its three mission: Education, Safety, and Training.
Educating the next generation of pilots and maintenance technicians is a central part of HFI’s mission. Whether that means helping individual students fund their aviation studies or educating the public about the rewards of aviation careers, HFI is committed to educating the next generation of helicopter industry professionals.
HFI annually offers up to 19 scholarships for aviation students.  In addition to scholarships, the Career Roundtable annual event offers students and others interested in rotorcraft careers the chance to speak with experienced industry professionals.
Students interested in an aviation maintenance career can learn the facts about aviation maintenance, including the A&P schools where they can begin a career.  The HFI Next-Gen Maintenance Initiative aims to make more students aware of the opportunities in helicopter maintenance helping students achieve their goals of working as a helicopter maintenance technician.
Safety is a core value for HFI, which has two programs aimed at reducing accidents, incidents, and injuries in the helicopter industry. The HFI Land & LIVE program promotes one of the most valuable safety tools available to pilots – the precautionary landing.  The HFI Rotor Safety Challenge is an education series that provides industry professionals with the tools they need to improve hazard and risk assessment and improve their safety culture.
HFI also has a strong interest in historic preservation. HFI is committed to capturing and preserving the history of both the machines and the men and women who started an international industry that is still going strong today. 
A few of the historic preservation initiatives include: The Trailblazers series, HFI's print interviews with helicopter industry pioneers presenting a compelling look at how these visionaries saw the potential of this new industrial tool; the Heritage of Helicopters exhibit, held each year at HAI HELI-EXPO, HFI displays rare vintage vertical-flight aircraft; and the Virtual Museum, one of HFI’s newest initiatives, cataloging decades’ worth of models, manuals, magazines, documents, and photographs.  These digitized will allow students, historians, and researchers access to these important primary historical sources about the helicopter industry.
You will hear more about HFI from President, Matt Zuccaro, during the NCASE annual meeting on January 10th. 

Meetings via Telecoms:  

Noon EDT / 11:00 CDT / 10:00 MDT / 9:00 PDT

DIAL-IN:  WEB Viewing -
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AUDIO - VoIP on your computer- a headset is recommended. 
Or, call in using your telephone. 
Dial +1 (571) 317-3112; Access Code / Meeting ID: 620-342-205

November 8, Executive Committee

December 6, Executive Committee

January 10, 2017
Hosted by: Helicopter Association International
1920 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria, VA
Watch for more details!

2016 Renewed Memberships

Aircraft Electronics Association
Blue Sky Educational Foundation
Dee Howard Foundation
Flight School Association
Ken Cook Company
Master Flight Foundation
State Aviation Journal
University Aviation Association
Virginia Department of Aviation
Wolf Aviation Fund
Become a Member of NCASE

Aviation Learning Center Proposed for Waupaca Airport
Natasha Stemwedel, a student at Weyauwega-Fremont High School, works on a plane during this past summer's trip to Glasair Aviation. Submitted Photo

    Jerry Graf wants to see an aviation learning center built at Waupaca’s airport next year.    
    Graf, founder of the nonprofit Aviators by Design, presented information about the idea to the Waupaca Common Council during its Oct. 4 meeting.    
    The center would be a place for youth from throughout the area to meet and put the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons they learn in school into practice.  

Read more: Waupacanow.com

North Texas Students Learn About Aviation Careers at DFW Airport

    Hundreds of North Texas students got a first-hand look at commercial and military aviation careers last week. As part of the Sky Ball gala, the students visited American Airlines’ maintenance hangar at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport where they could interact with thirty different types of aircraft. They were also able to talk with military and commercial aviators about what their professions and how they might be able to get a job in the aviation industry. Every year, American partners with the Airpower Foundation to present the Sky Ball which raises money for various nonprofits that support military members, veterans and their families.


AHEC Brings STEM Learning Lab to SPI

    The Aviation History Educational Center located at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport has invited the Advanced Spaceflight Laboratory to come to Springfield on Saturday October 15 and can be explored from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 by teachers and any students they may wish to bring.  This futuristic research spacecraft flight simulator represents one of the latest innovations in K-12 math and science instruction.

Read more:
State Aviation Journal

Prescott Campus Educator Earns National Honor
   Dr. Jackie Luedtke of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., Campus recently received the V.L. Laursen Award for “outstanding contributions to aerospace education” by the University Aviation Association (UAA).
   The award, which is granted to one professional educator annually by the 69-year-old representative body of Collegiate Aviation Education and sponsored by Airlines for America (formerly Air Transport Association), was presented to her on Sept. 30 in Omaha, Neb.

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