Draft General Plan – for review until Feb.22, 2016

Northern California
Aerospace Initiative
“…to develop, sustain, and promote the aeronautical career pathways in the
Northern California Region!”
Business Plan
Prepared February 2016
Contact Information
Les Sanders – NCAI Board President

norcalaerospace.org
1364 Sky Harbor Drive
Olivehurst, CA 95961, United States of America
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About NCAI
History of NCAI
The Northern California Aerospace Initiative (NCAI) was created to address the unique
education and training requirements necessary to support professional development
and aviation/aerospace career pathways for high school and college students. In an
effort to encourage students to pursue aviation/aerospace careers, the Camptonville
Academy in Marysville, California, established an aerospace curriculum that includes
manned and unmanned systems, aviation engineering and design principles,
construction and maintenance procedures, and internship programs with local airports.
Soon after the introduction of the Camptonville Academy’s aviation/aerospace
program, interested members of the community gathered to discuss how best to
address the difficultly interested students must overcome to obtain the necessary
education and training required to perform in the aerospace industry.
During the initial meeting, members agreed on three fundamental issues that must to be
addressed for students to recognize a return on investment in time and resources. The
three fundamental issues include; the time required to obtain professional aviation
certificates, the cost of aviation training needed to obtain those aviation certificates, and
recognizing the career opportunities available in aviation/aerospace. In October 2013,
the initial meeting of interested community leaders was called to address these
fundamental issues. The participants of these early meetings acknowledged the need to
begin aviation/aerospace education and training at an early age and provide
scholarships to help offset the high cost of aviation training. The participants also
agreed that students must recognize their effort will be rewarded with a career
opportunity, therefore, airport operations internships and certified flight instructor
occupations were identified, so aspiring pilots could attain the required flight time
needed to meet federally mandated eligibility requirements. By addressing the three
fundamental issues of aviation education and training students are able to visualize the
fulfillment of their career goals and more readily commit to the effort required to
achieve them. The members of this initial effort were instrumental in the Camptonville
Academy being awarded a California state grant of $100,000.00, to further develop and
expand their aerospace curriculum, which also incorporates students from the Yuba,
Sutter, Yolo, and Butte school districts, immediately expanding the influence of the
initiative. Over the next twelve months, increasing participation in the conceptual
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development of an aviation/aerospace education and training pathway lead to the
creation of the NCAI as a 501c3 organization in October 2014.
The NCAI has seven members on the Board of Directors representing secondary and
collegiate education, commercial and private pilots, aircraft maintainers, aviation law,
and airport operations. In addition to the Board of Directors, the NCAI routinely hosts
dozens of interested community members representing veterans, professional aviation
organizations, secondary career technical education leaders, community colleges,
aviation industry organizations, and members from regional networks interested in
expanding the influence of aviation/aerospace resources that benefit the growth and
development of our children.
The Northern California Aerospace Initiative continues to provide leadership and
counsel to community leaders who wish to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of our
children as they pursue their dreams and reach for the stars of professional and civic
success.
Problem/Opportunity
1. Growing national pilot shortage
2. Growing regional Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) shortage
3. Shortage of UAS technology expertise
4. Financial barriers to aerospace careers
5. Education shortfalls to support careers
Solution
1. Industry and education collaboration
2. Enrichment & internship programs (ex.”Build an Airplane”)
3. Scholarship programs
4. Support local STEM & aerospace education (K-12)
5. Create aerospace career awareness
Scholarship Program
The Northern California Aerospace Initiative (NCAI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established
with the goal of promoting continued education in aviation related fields. With those
goals in mind, we have established a scholarship program designed to award funds to
deserving applicants so that they may pursue continued education in a wide array of
aviation related opportunities.
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The scholarships will be available to students who apply and go through a selection
process. The application procedure will include a written application, consultation with
references, and an interview. A selection board will determine suitability of applicants
and match those individuals to a variety of scholarships.
Scholarships will include smaller awards that may cover books, partial tuition to a
variety of programs or full scholarships to obtain a certified pilots license.
Scholarship funds will be provided to a combination of individuals, local business, and
larger corporate donors who have a demonstrated interest in fostering aviation
education.
The NCAI scholarship program is not new on a national basis, however it is new to the
Yuba/Sutter area. Our counties have long held a strong interest and participation in
aerospace and we have many local resources to draw upon. We believe that providing
an additional career pathway to aviation opportunities is vital to fill a need in an
industry experiencing shortages of qualified applicants.
Build-a-Plane Program
The Northern California Aerospace Initiative in conjunction with the Camptonville
Academy of Marysville, California is designed to provide students and adults alike a
unique and inspiring educational opportunity. Modeled after other aircraft build
projects across the country, students and mentors will participate in the construction of
an FAA certified Experimental Light Sport Aircraft, (ELSA).
The aircraft that will be built is a Van’s RV-12. The RV-12 includes the latest in
instrumentation, radios, autopilot, and up to date safety features. Construction, under
the mentorship of experienced builders, covers every aspect of aircraft construction
including sheet metal work, fiberglass, systems and wiring, engine controls and
installation, painting and appropriate documentation. The teen Build-a-Plane project is
designed to provide an incentive for continuing aerospace education.
The current educational plan is to provide an introductory one day class that would
cover safety, introduction to terminology, tools and their proper use and the
opportunity to construct a tool box using newly learned techniques.
For those interested in continuing their education, the aircraft build project would then
be conducted in three month segments anticipated to take one year. Over that period,
students will have the opportunity to interact with volunteer mentors who are involved
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with aviation recreationally or professionally. Meetings would take place one or two
nights a week and on occasion, a Saturday.
Initial funding would be provided by individual donors and local businesses, grants
and corporate sponsorships. The NCAI is a 501(c)(3) Public Non Profit and 100% of the
proceeds will be applied to the project.
We at the NCAI, view this project as vital to introduce and inspire a new crop of
enthusiastic students interested in careers in aviation.
K-12 Education
The Northern California Aerospace Initiative works as an intermediary organization to
link the aerospace industry with regional education institutions. An example of this
effort is the CORE Aerospace STEM Academy. This unique program delivers core
academic instruction with an integrated aerospace STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics) emphasis. The following courses are currently offered:
• Junior Aeronautics (4th – 6th grade)
• Life Science with Engineering Applications (7th grade)
• Physical Science with Aeronautic Applications (8th grade)
• Aerospace STEM Academy (7th & 8th grade)
• Introduction to Model Aeronautics & UAVs (High school)
• Advanced Model Aeronautics & UAVs (High school)
• Introduction to Aerospace (High school)
• Guided Flight Discovery (High school)
Community Events
Community events are utilized to share the tremendous and diverse opportunities
available in the aerospace industry. The following annual events are supported by the
NCAI:
• Golden West Regional Fly-in
• California Aviation Day
• Aerospace Day
• Dinner with an Aviator
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Board of Directors
James Bonner
Les Sanders
Chris Mahurin
David Lane
Darryl Katcher
Dallen Reese
Mary Hansen
Partners & Resources
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Northern California STREAM Pathways
Tri-County Regional Occupational Program
Yuba College
Sacramento City College
Yuba County Airport
Beale Air Force Base
CORE Aerospace STEM Academy
Honeycutt Aviation
NorCal Simulator
Academy of Model Aeronautics
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third parties without the express written consent of the plan author.

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