Aviation Education


To promote "Aviation Knowledge through Education"; create a public awareness of the need to promote the development and enhancement of education in aviation; establish a civil aviation information distribution program within each region and center of the Federal Aviation Administration; promote "safety in the skies through aviation education"; create "career awareness" in aviation at the elementary and secondary educational levels; prepare qualified individuals to meet the future need of aviation; stimulate public and private sector initiative in meeting the American and worldwide competitive challenge in science and technology; aid educators by providing aviation information they can readily use in their normal classroom curriculum or in special classroom projects, to improve communication skills, math, science, technology, and computer literacy as it relates to aviation; and help educators identify the learning needs of our society in this rapidly changing technological era.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 11/01/2009 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Advisory Services and Counseling.
Program Accomplishments
As of fiscal year 2001, completed the Aviation Education Strategic Plan for FAA. Introduced a new Aviation Education Local Counselor Program (volunteer FAA employees); provided consultant assistance to schools and colleges; continued to establish "Partnerships-in-Education" among industry, education, and government and "Adopt-a-School" arrangements including Washington, DC's Hine Jr. High School, the official "Adopt-a-School" partner for the Department of Transportation. During fiscal year 1994, the agency developed a strategic plan for enhancing the program and its relationship with the external and internal customers. Priorities established by the Strategic Plan include creative leadership that commits FAA to become the internationally recognized authority on aviation education. This would be both consistent and reinforcing of FAA's mission to maintain America's preeminence in aviation. In addition, creative leadership in education demonstrates FAA's commitment to support The President's Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Consistent with Goals 2000 and the National Performance Review, the Strategic Plan calls for expanding and creating synergistic partnerships. FAA's existing base of enthusiastic volunteers, Aviation Education's team of Headquarters', Regional, and Center staff offers a national network focused upon promoting U.S. aviation. For example, in addition to working with The White House National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), AvEd also works closely with the National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE). Emphasis on expanding and strengthening linkages will continue. The states have Constitutional authority for education, therefore, State partnerships provide the infrastructure and mechanism for implementing and sustaining federally initiated programs on a national level. Thus, to achieve this goal, FAA must continue to pro-actively increase FAA's internal and external partnerships. Consistent with the National Performance Review, the Strategic Plan calls for a refocusing and reengineering of aviation education programs. Refocusing permits the FAA to better accomplish its mission to "promote and foster the growth of aviation." Also, declining resources and new technologies makes it imperative that aviation programs be reengineered. Following is the list of aviation education programs. 1) Aviation Education web site, www.faa.gov/education, is an on-line computer-based information service that links the education community and the Federal government to educational information services. The web site provides a complete agency organizational and program profile for university administrators, professors, teachers and students. Information on aviation education programs and resources available from FAA headquarters, regions, center, and facilities may be included in the database. Details on aviation education initiatives of aviation industry special interest groups are also available. It is linked to the Minority On-line Information System (MOLIS) which features current data on all Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority educational institutions. All FAA aviation Education materials and curriculum are located on the web site and are down loadable for reproduction. 2) FAA Aviation Education Volunteer Counselor Program: FAA will select, provide orientation, and appoint volunteer resource personnel to coordinate with headquarters, region and center aviation education officers to implement FAA aviation education programs. FAA volunteers are designed as official Aviation Education Counselors. The Counselors will assist FAA in promoting aviation education and fostering a wider knowledge, and better understanding of FAA, the National Airspace System, and civil aviation in America. We plan to conduct a counselor workshop in headquarters and one in each FAA region and center. 3) Government-Industry-Education Partnerships: partnerships such as GAMA, AHS/HAI, NASAO, AOPA, AEA, NCAE, and Boy Scouts of America increase public awareness and enhancement of the role of aviation, and support aviation education programs at all levels of the educational system. These private sector/public or government education partnerships are increasingly important as we move toward achievement of "America 2000" goals for education. Each partnership yields additional resources to support the FAA's aviation program initiatives. In fiscal year 1993, FAA formalized a new partnership with the National Coalition on Aviation Education. FAA assisted in the development of the Air Bear program with NASAO as a national mascot for aviation education. Curriculum materials were developed for that initiative.