December 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
Bright New Year With Awards, Conferences, and You!

You Can Fly Awards 21 High School Scholarships

Southern Illinois University

Aviation Students Earn Scholarships
2017 Team America Rocketry Challenge is Underway

Academy of Model Aeronautics
UAS4STEM Application Deadline December 31st


From the President

Bright New Year With Awards, Conferences, and You!

Dear Aviation & Aerospace Advocates,
On December 7th, the NCASE Awards Selection Committee made its difficult decision for the 2017 selection from a field of excellent candidates.  The committee is pleased to announce that it has selected Dr. Jeff Montgomery for the 2017 Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Award for Aerospace Education Leadership and Mr. Larry Rivers as the 2017 inductee to the Crown Circle Award.  The Award Ceremony will be held in the spring and announced after the first of the year.   
Dr. Montgomery and Mr. Rivers are representative of the best in aerospace education innovation and leadership joining aviation pioneers such as Chuck Yeager and the late Scott Crossfield, nationally recognized educators from classroom teachers to school administrators, college professors, and industry and government leaders.  Each recipient has made an indelible legacy.
As Deputy Director Aerospace Education, Dr. Montgomery has been a team member and now leader of the Aerospace Education division at the Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters in Montgomery, AL, where he has worked for the last 22 years. 
Dr. Montgomery retired from the United States Air Force; his areas of specialty being meteorology, education and training. After retirement from the Air Force, Jeff worked in the development office and was on faculty for an area university. All of his former career experience has benefitted him in his work with Aerospace Education for CAP for the last 22 years.
Jeff is a dedicated advocate for aerospace and STEM education. His work in this area has become the touchstone for educators and associated organizations nationwide. He was the lead author of CAP’s comprehensive, 675-page, full-color aerospace textbook, Aerospace, the Journey of Flight; now in its 3rd edition. This textbook is used in high schools and colleges nationwide. In addition to this textbook, which is used in the upper level of CAP’s cadet program, Jeff took the lead in revising the 6-module Aerospace Dimensions program used for the beginning level of CAP’s cadet program and in middle schools across the country.
Mr. Larry Rivers, Talkeetna Alaska Build A Plane (TBAP), has been Director for the past 7 years. Larry was introduced to Lyn Freeman and Build A Plane and Rebecca Fischer Cozad an Alaska Airline pilot who wanted to give something back to youth.  Shortly after these introductions, the donation of a deteriorated Piper Cherokee Six was received.  Larry worked tirelessly to find sponsors and bring in resources to help the youth master skills needed. 
During winter school holiday in 2013, he arranged for a week-long welding certification class.  Professors from University of Alaska Anchorage were brought in to teach electronics and wiring. Local air frame and power plant mechanics taught students how to rivet.  Larry insists that a youngster must be able to rivet 100 good rivets before they ever touch the aircraft. He also insists that no adults work on the plane. The actual work is all done by students.  With a population of less than 800 people, Talkeetna residents came together in force to offer assistance to this fledgling project.

TBAP is an all-volunteer organization providing a cost free program for students through the sale of restored aircraft.  Larry attends regional and national airshows introducing the program to industry leaders for program growth.  All donations go directly toward aircraft restoration.

 2015 Annual meeting

Mark your calendars for 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.
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 with your confirmation.


We are excited about the latest news regarding the NSTA - NCASE Air & Space Education Alley!  The ‘Alley’ has been so successful that we are now calling the exhibit area the ‘Air & Space Education Pavilion’.  NCASE members will have the opportunity to exhibit either at the NCASE booth or renting an exhibitor booth, as well as present during the NCASE seminar.  NSTA is the world’s largest conference of its kind with over 12,000 science teachers and administrators representing PreK-College, public and private institutions.  NSTA will be held in Los Angeles, California on March 30–April 2, 2017.  Members wishing to exhibit and present should email the address in my signature.  Further details will follow after the first of the year for members unable to attend but wishing for their organizations information disseminated at the NCASE booth.

The Crew at Space Center Houston, in partnership with NCASE, invites members to the 23rd annual Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) in Houston, Texas February 9-11th.  SEEC and NCASE have partnered for all NCASE members, two exhibit booths at no-cost sharing on Friday, February 10th from 8:30am – 1:00pm.  In addition, NCASE members have the opportunity to participate during the NCASE seminar on Saturday, February 11th from 10:30am – Noon.  This offer will be first-come with limited space.  Email the address in my signature if you are interested.  For further information about SEEC
Happiest of Holidays and Best of New Years!

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


You Can Fly Awards 21 High School Scholarships

     The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded $5,000 flight training scholarships to 21 high school students through the association’s You Can Fly High School Aviation Initiative. The scholarships awarded to students age 15 to 18 who intend to earn an initial pilot certificate were made possible by donations to the AOPA Foundation.
     The 13 young men and eight young women awarded scholarships were selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants. AOPA’s High School Aviation Initiative is part of You Can Fly, an umbrella program created to bring more people into aviation by educating high school students about aviation career opportunities, helping lapsed pilots return to flying, lowering barriers to entry, reducing the cost of flying, and building the aviation community, You Can Fly is helping people of all ages get involved with aviation.
     Each scholarship recipient will also receive a gift certificate for MYGOFLIGHT products, made possible by MYGOFLIGHT’s Pilot ONE scholarship assist program to help more people become pilots.
     “Providing flight training scholarships for high school students not only helps them achieve their lifelong dreams of becoming a pilot, it can help build career-ready skills that get them well on their way to their future,” said Cindy Hasselbring, senior director of the You Can Fly High School Aviation Initiative.  “We couldn’t be more pleased with our winners, and these individuals have already demonstrated a strong passion for aviation. Many of them are already involved in giving back to aviation by volunteering or serving at local airports, high school clubs, or in their communities.”
     As part of the high school initiative, AOPA is working with Purdue University to build aviation STEM curricula that fit within career and technical education (CTE) pathways and are focused on piloting, aerospace engineering, aviation technology, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones. AOPA also hosts an annual high school STEM symposium to give teachers and administrators an opportunity to share best practices and network with other aviation education professionals.

Read about the scholarship winners.  

Aviation Students Earn Scholarships

     Ten students enrolled in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s nationally recognized aviation programs received scholarships during the recent fall aviation banquet. 
     The 17 awards totaled $32,800, and ranged from $1,000 to $3,800. Students’ academic achievements served as the focal point at the annual banquet, held at the university’s Transportation Education Center at Southern Illinois Airport. 
     Mark Jackson, director and chief pilot of Boeing Executive Flight Operations, was the keynote speaker. The Aviation Management Society, a registered student organization, sponsors the banquet. Some of the scholarships honor SIU Carbondale graduates and all support students in the aviation flight, aviation management and aviation technologies programs. The programs are part of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts. 

Scholarship winners, by hometown, year in school, and major, are:


  • Bolingbrook: Arie Molina, senior, aviation management, George J. Priester Memorial Scholarship; C. Gene and Robbi Seibert Aviation Management Scholarship, and the Steven Staples Memorial Aviation Scholarship.
  • Geneva: Dalton Thompson, junior, aviation flight, Matthew K. Meier Faith Family Friendship Fortitude Future Aviation Management Scholarship;
  • Lake Oswego: Xavier Blake, senior, aviation flight, Michael R. Peters Aviation Aviation Scholarship.
  • Marseilles: Schuyler Parks, sophomore, aviation flight, Kevin Moore Memorial Scholarship, and the Michael R. Peters Aviation Aviation Scholarship.
  • McHenry: Nicholas Higgin, junior, aviation flight, Joseph A. Messina II Aviation Explorers Scholarship for Aviation Students, and the Michael R. Peters Aviation Aviation Scholarship.
  • Minooka: Danielle Dobczyk, senior, aviation management, Larry B. Byerly Memorial Scholarship, and the Michael R. Peters Aviation Aviation Scholarship.
  • Monmouth: Tucker Shepherd, sophomore, aviation flight, Kevin Moore Memorial Scholarship, and the Michael R. Peters Aviation Aviation Scholarship.
  • Rockton: Ian Griffith, sophomore, aviation flight, Hope FLYs Scholarship, and the James and Helen Newby Aviation Scholarship.


  • Imperial: Kaleb Cheek, senior, aviation management, Michael R. Peters Aviation Aviation Scholarship.
  • Poplar Bluff: Travis Schofield, senior, aviation management, Michael R. Peters Aviation Aviation Scholarship.
2017 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is Underway

TARC is an aerospace design and engineering event for teams of US secondary school students (7th through 12th grades) run by the NAR and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Teams can be sponsored by schools or by non-profit youth organizations such as Scouts, 4-H, or Civil Air Patrol (but not the NAR or other rocketry organizations). The goal of TARC is to motivate students to pursue aerospace as an exciting career field, and it is co-sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, Estes Industries, the Department of Defense, and NASA.
     The first fourteen Team America Rocketry Challenges, held in 2003 through 2016, were the largest model rocket contests ever held. Co-sponsored by the NAR and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the events together attracted over 8,955 high-school teams made up of a total of over 60,000 students from all 50 states. These students had a serious interest in learning about aerospace design and engineering through model rocketry. The top 100 teams each year came to a final fly-off competition in mid May near Washington, DC, to compete for $100,000 in prizes and a free trip to either the Paris or the Farnborough air show in Europe. These teams were selected based on the scores reported from qualification flights that they conducted locally throughout the US.
     The 2017 Challenge brings a new difficulty to the competition: teams must transition between two different body tube diameters. Rockets must carry one raw egg to 775 feet and back safely in 41-43 seconds, returning it in a separate section. National finalist teams will be expected to fly their rocket to a second higher target.
     Although registration for the 2017 Team America Rocketry Challenge closed December 2, 2016 and the TARC Essay Contest deadline has passed, there is still time to enter these two remaining competitions: 

Engineering Notebook Competition:
     The Engineering Notebook Contest is back again this year. You can read the rules hereand see the notebook from the Odle Middle School Space Potatoes that won the 2016 contest. Even if you don't submit your notebook for the contest, we encourage you to keep one. Building an engineering notebook will help you keep organized and analyze your data. It's not a coincidence that the Space Potatoes went on to win TARC 2016 and the International Rocketry Challenge. Entries will be judged by engineers from TARC sponsor companies and the winning team will be awarded a cash prize.
Team Outreach Competition:
     The TARC Outreach Competition will also continue this season. The competition provides an opportunity to show off your team's work getting others involved with rocketry and STEM. The team with the best TARC Outreach Competition score that submitted a valid set of qualifying flights (sorry DQs do not count), but did not make the top 100 teams by flight score, will earn a spot to compete in the National Finals and will be eligible to compete for prize money just like all the other teams. We will also award a prize at the National Finals to the team with the best overall outreach program. Teams in the top 100 are eligible for this award too. You can read full details here
UAS4STEM Application Deadline Is December 31st!
     UAS4STEM is a STEM-based program from the Academy of Model Aeronautics’ Education Department. The challenge is designed to encourage students to explore the sUAS (drone) phenomenon through teamwork, competition, and success through STEM. Each team will receive a carbon fiber multi rotor kit, autopilot system, RC system, video system, batteries, charger, as well as a full online curriculum and an online video series designed to get the teams flying successfully. The ground schools courses provided will also prepare students to take the new FAA commercial UAS exam. The mission is as follows: A small group of hikers has gone missing in a remote area.
     Although rescuers have determined a search area, they are unsure of the exact location and conditions of the hikers. Your team has been called upon to provide rapid response using a small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) that can support the search-and-rescue mission. Competitions will be held in the Spring of 2017, and each team will have the opportunity to win a $2500 prize. Application deadline is December 31st, 2016. For more information, please visit UAS4STEM.ORG

January 10, 2017
Hosted by: Helicopter Association International
1920 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria, VA

2016 NEW Memberships
Aeronautical Proficiency Training LLC
idoodledu, Inc.
Elbit Systems
Space Club

2016 Renewed Memberships
Academy of Model Aeronautics
Aircraft Electronics Association
Blue Sky Educational Foundation
Daedalian Foundation
Dee Howard Foundation
Flight School Association
Helicopter Foundation International
Ken Cook Company
Master Flight Foundation
State Aviation Journal
University Aviation Association
Virginia Department of Aviation
Wolf Aviation Fund
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GE announces $10 Million Investment in 3D Printers for Educational Programs Across the Globe

     On November 15, 2016, GE announced a $10 million investment over the next five years in two educational programs, aimed at developing a pipeline of future talent in additive manufacturing. GE believes enabling educational institutions to provide access to 3D printers will help accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing, worldwide.
     “We want to build an ecosystem that drives additive manufacturing across multiple industries. GE is committed to this space for the long-term,” said Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President of GE Additive. “A new world is coming and we want future generations to have exposure to it from an early age.”
     Two global programs were launched today – one for primary and secondary schools and one for colleges and universities.

  • GE will invest $2 million over two years to subsidize up to 2,000 desktop polymer printers for primary and secondary schools, districts, and systems around the world. Priority will be given to institutions serving ages 8-16 with a strong commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
  • GE will invest $8 million over five years to subsidize up to 50 metal additive machines to colleges and universities around the world. Priority will be given to institutions with curriculum and/or research underway in the area of additive manufacturing.

Applications for both programs will be accepted from January 2017, enabling printers to be available to schools and universities during 2017. For more information, visit





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