About this project
East Bay Aviators, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located at the Hayward Executive Airport, is an organization led by African/American pilots and others associated with aviation who act as role models for young students normally not exposed to aircraft, aviation, and especially flying. They are associated with the Bay Area Black Pilots Association and the Tuskegee Airman, Inc.
East Bay Aviators, Inc. recently completed a pilot program to take young Hayward residents between 12-18 and introduce them to aviation, particularly flying. Their program is called “Motivation through Aviation” and is centered in the current educational push to increase STEM education among local, minority, disadvantaged, immigrant, and at-risk youth. They have proven that they can take a teenager from knowing nothing about aviation to obtaining a private pilot’s license at a cost of about $8,000-$10,000 each student, and at no cost to the student.
In May 2013, Andy Teng attended the Hayward Executive Airport open house event and was given a ride in the Cessna 150 training airplane East Bay Aviators, Inc., utilize for its aviation training program. He was thrilled with the flight and made the decision that he wanted to become a professional pilot. In eighteen months, he had obtained his private licenses and is currently ready and working on his instrument and commercial ratings. At the age of seventeen, he soloed and was flying the airplane without the instructor as a passenger. By the time he is twenty-one, he will be ready for an airline job as a commercial pilot!
They now want to build on their success with Andy and expand the program to a small group of at least five other young people from Hayward. To do that, they need a minimum of $40,000. The program would select students who fall in the above categories and introduce them to aviation as a recreation, job opportunity, and/or career option. Exposure would be to all aspects of aviation with an eye to training more young people to go into commercial aviation as pilots, but also encouraging interests in aviation mechanics and related fields. In addition, they will partner with the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron, also located on the Hayward Executive Airport, to expand exposure of students to aviation opportunities in the military and to the rewarding career of air search and rescue.
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