The NCAI Education and Enrichment Committee manages programs and events that expose local students and residents to interesting facets of aviation and space careers. Past initiatives include: the 2016 and 2018 Van’s Aircraft Toolbox Build series for middle- and high school students; collaboratingto create the new AeroSTEM Academy STEM charter school in Yuba City; helping establish Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1593 in Marysville and Yuba City; and piloting the Yuba Sutter LSA Teen Build program with local high school students building a Van’s Aircraft RV-12 Light Sport Aircraft.
NCAI has several exciting education and enrichment programs starting in 2019! January saw the kickoff of our new speaker series, “Yes you can!” with the first panel discussion “Build an Airplane” and future topics ranging from becoming a pilot to learning about agriculture aviation. In March 2019, we send three local high school students to the Women In Aviation International conference in Long Beach, CA. Anticipating the completion of the LSA Teen Build RV-12 airplane in Spring 2019, we are looking at whether there is interest to continue the program again with a larger group of student builders.
Yuba Sutter LSA Teen Build
NCAI’s flagship education and enrichment initiative began in 2016 as a pilot program for ten students working with adult mentors to build a two-seat airplane called the Van’s RV-12. Projected to finish in the first half of 2019, this airplane (registered N112YS) represents 30 months of learning metalwork and shop skills, reading technical plans, teamwork, and leadership by our students.
Yuba Sutter LSA Teen Build Steering Committee
A sub-committee of NCAI’s Education and Enrichment Committee. Lessons learned from the pilot airplane build program may be applied to a future, expanded program that allows 16-24 student builders and a more streamlined process in a larger facility. In conjunction with regional and national career technical education partners, the steering committee is exploring whether there is demand for a skilled manufacturing enrichment program built around a sustainable youth airplane building program.
2019 Conference Scholarship
NCAI kicked off its annual scholarship program by selecting three Yuba-Sutter area high school students to attend the 2019 Women in Aviation International Conference in Long Beach, CA. This is anexciting opportunity for these aspiring aviators to interact and establish contact with industry leaders in a professional conference settting.
Youth Van’s Aircraft Toolbox Workshops
In 2016, NCAI hosted a series of free metalworking seminars for students interested in building an airplane to learn basic shop skills by constructing a toolbox using aircraft manufacturing tools and materials. Our 2018 toolbox series was done in partnership with the Sutter Buttes Ninety Nines (women pilot’s organization) and the Sutter Yuba Community Foundation, focusing on girls and Camptonville Middle School students.