TAI’s chapters use the life lessons learned from the legacy of the original Tuskegee Airmen–determination, courage, refusal to accept limits, the ability to seize opportunity–to teach career and leadership lessons in a variety of aviation-themed educational programs on a local level. 

Source: National TAI Youth In Aviation Page

The activities below are suggested as a starting point for exploring aviation themed educational programs in our community, regions and nation.


"Young Eagle Program"

Spring thru Fall of each year

Founded in 1992, the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program has dedicated nearly 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane.  It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.  Today, the Young Eagles program has flown over 2 million kids with the help of the EAA's network of volunteer pilots and ground volunteers. 

To find the EAA Chapter closest to you and when Events will take place

Central Region TAI Youth Seminar

Early June 2017-TBD

The Indianapolis Chapter has been fortunate to have a nominees selected to attend the Central Region TAI Youth Seminar in multiple years.  
Indianapolis Chapter begins looking for interested young persons in April 2017. 
Indiana resident students must apply thru the Indianapolis TAI Chapter

"Aviation Day" - Columbus Municipal Airport 

TBD-Saturday, June 2018

This will be the 75th anniversary of the Columbus Municipal Airport, previously known as the Bakalar-Atterbury Airfield.  The was one of two airfields in Indiana where the Tuskegee Airmen flew bomber aircraft training missions. 

A great opportunity to have fun while learning why this location was chosen as the site for the Official Ribbon Cutting for the Indiana Tuskegee Airmen Highway.

The Columbus Municipal Airport's Aviation Day includes:  static displays of a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft, the Bakalar-Atterbury Museum that has a 6 foot wing span Red Tail P-51 hanging from the ceiling, and many other experiential-learning activities for youth including Young Eagle rides.


Indy Aviation Career Education (INDY ACE) Academy 

2018 Camps:    
Age(s) 10-14 yrs old | June 2018  

Age(s) 15-18 yrs old | July  2018

The Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy is a nationally recognized program sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designed to offer an introduction to the aviation industry and also expose aviation jobs and careers to middle and high school students. 

For more Information:  Indy ACE

The Tuskegee Airmen were more than simply aware of the latest aviation technology of their day.  
They were the best at using it!

First US Air Force Top Gun -James H. Harvey, III - Tuskegee Air Force

Leadership soft skills, in addition to technical prowess, were essential to the Tuskegee Airmen's success!

*The capacity to exceed the expectations of self, as well others;

*The willingness to work alongside other persons that one wouldn't normally; and

*The courage to serve a purpose greater than self without expectation of reward.

Being more than aware of today's technological revolution is essential. 

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.

Source:  The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond

Beyond having technical knowledge, softs skills are increasingly essential to success

There are five critical skills most likely to increase odds of success across all outcomes and which employers expect employees to have: social skills; communication; and higher-order thinking skills (including problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making); supported by the intrapersonal skills of self-control and positive self-concept.

Source:  Five Key Soft Skills for Youth Workforce Success