Youth in Aviation

Youth in Aviation Websites

These Websites are devoted to youth in aviation.  As always, parents should guard their children's access to the Internet, and verify the suitability of the content they view.

  • A New Age in Space: The Vision for Space Exploration coloring book  This coloring book is available online and is full of space imagery that tells the story of the Vision for Space Exploration.  Produced by The Coalition for Space Exploration.
  • Actionjetz.com  A kid-friendly online airplane games site.  They offer airplane toys and online plane games for kids.
  • The Air League  Promotes air-mindedness in the young by encouraging and assisting them to follow careers in aviation and the aerospace industry, awards flying scholarships and bursaries to assist deserving young people to learn to fly, and awards engineering scholarships to assist deserving young people to gain experience of the aerospace industry.
  • Air Time Canada Youth Aviation  A free program that introduces young people to aviation.  Kids go through a mini-ground-school to earn a "Co-Pilot" license and then put their new skills to use in a series of actual flights.
  • Ananda Aeronautical Academy  The mission of A.A.A. is to produce quality aeronautical engineers and experts by providing opportunities for school children of all ages.  They hope to facilitate children, not only in Ananda College, but also in other schools, with opportunities to learn and get the expertise in this field.  Located in Ananda College, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Artie the Airplane  Children's book and video series with colorful illustrations, engaging characters and dialogue, and fun story lines.
  • Australian Air Force Cadets  Run by the Australian Air Force for boys and girls aged between 12.5 and 18, who can then stay on as a cadet until age 20.  Learn about aircraft and flying.  Many air cadets go on to join the Air Force or find a career in civilian aviation.
  • Australian Air League  A national youth organisation for boys and girls aged 8 years and older.  It's aim is to foster and develop a spirit of aviation in the youth of Australia, to promote good citizenship, teamwork and to develop the ingenuity and resourcefulness of it's members.
  • Australian Air League Hervey Bay  An Australia-wide uniformed youth organisation for young people from 8 years of age.  It is independent and self-funding, relying on membership fees and voluntary assistance, and is not sponsored by any organisation.  The League aims to open Squadrons and to set up Training Programmes, to foster a spirit of air-mindedness in Australia's youth.  The League also intends to provide instruction in the history, spirit, traditions and science of aviation, and training for members in flying and other aviation activities.
  • Aviation Explorer Base  Provides an opportunity for Explorer Post members from all over the U.S. to gather together to learn about aviation first hand.  Held each year during the Oshkosh WI Airventure Convention.
  • Aviation Exploring  An aviation-based program for young men and women ages 14 through 20 that is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and seeks to build character, train leaders, and encourage fitness.
  • Aviation for Little Folks  Teach students the parts of an airplane and how to fold a paper airplane with this NASA Educational On-line Activity from NASA Spacelink.  Designed for grades K-4.
  • Aviation Scholarship Foundation  An aviation charity dedicated to students from impoverished communities with a mission to fund private pilot training for low income youth.
  • Baby Nebula  The "Little Pilot Logbook" is a keepsake journal for childhood discoveries and adventures.  The perfect gift for the aviation enthusiast.  Imagine a logbook that details your child's high-flying adventures, even before their feet can touch the pedals!
  • Brigade Air, Inc.  This independent, non-profit organization introduces teens to missionary aviation worldwide, through week-long summer aviation camps, and a year-round club progam.  Not affiliated with any church or denominational organization.
  • Careers in Aerospace  For young people interested in careers within aviation, space, and defense.  From the partnership of The Royal Aeronautical Society and A|D|S Group (Advancing UK AeroSpace, Defence and Security industries).
  • Civil Air Patrol  The all civilian, all volunteer official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.  Nearly half of the members are teenage girls and boys between the ages of 12-21.
  • EAA Air Academy  An aviation camp with workshops, aircraft collections, flight simulators, restorations-in-progress, and actual flight experiences.
  • EAA Aviation Young Eagles Web Site Exensive programs for young aviators.
  • Evan Flys  Possibly the youngest aviation enthusiast around produces this great site containing interviews with WWII aviators, air racers, and air show pilots.  He's also got air show reviews, photos, and other items of interest.  This amazing youngster shows what's possible if you have the will.
  • FAA Aviation Education - Kids Corner  Activities such as coloring books, word puzzles, and experiments.
  • Faulkes Flying Foundation  Through the sport of gliding, this charity organization helps young people develop imagination, character and self determination with the excitement and possibilities of flight as a lifelong adventure and a fulfilling career prospect.
  • Fiddler's Green  Downloadable paper models (.pdf) of airplanes.
  • Flight Training Adventure Camps - Youth  The Reality Flight School offers various programs for youths from a stationary appetiser program with flight training up to first solo to a complete private pilot training program in the course of a 3000+ mile real life training expedition with tents and sleeping bags, a moving class room and, of course, airplanes.
  • Flying: Just Plane Fun  A children's book on flying (by Julie Grist, ISBN 0-9725750-0-6) that shares both technical information and the joy of flying with young readers age 5-12.  Pilots and aviation buffs are buying it to share with their kids and grandchildren to get them interested in flight.
  • GEEZER and the KID: Adventures in Flight  The 3rd book by Ron Irwin is a vibrant action adventure tale of a trip by Ron and his 11 year old daughter across the sizzling Mojave Desert and the hostile terrain of Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico in their single Cessna Cardinal.  Irwin is an author, pilot, and photographer who writes about his passion for aviation and creates aviation themed images and paraphernalia.
  • The Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets  A uniformed youth organisation for girls aged 11-20, aiming to meet the aspirations of young women by providing an aviation, adventure and travel-based programme of activity.
  • Girls With Wings  A movement to encourage more young girls to consider their future in aviation.  GWW includes current women in aviation fields, and the future ones.  The site includes a messsage board, news, fun pages, and pictures.
  • High Flight Adventures Youth Camp  Helping youth reach within themselves to achieve their dreams through the passion of aviation.  This not-for-profit enterprise is said to be the first aviation youth camp in Canada.  Week long residential camps are offered at the Gatineau Executive Airport in Ottawa: Junior Camp for ages 12 - 13, Basic Youth Camp for ages 14 - 15, and Advanced Camp for ages 16 - 18.
  • Home Based Arts  Inexpensive history learning activity books for children, including The History of Hot Air Balloons, Adventures In Flight, and The Tuskegee Airmen.
  • Jay Jay The Jet Plane  This children's program follows the exciting adventures of a perky and curious six-year-old jet plane, Jay Jay, and his airplane friends.  They live and play at Tarrytown Airport.  Each episode includes valuable life lessons for young children and airs on PBS Kids and on PBS Kids Sprout in the United States.  Jay Jay also airs on other leading networks worldwide.
  • Jet With Kids  It's a book, a website, and a blog.  Family Flight Expert Anya Clowers, RN offers practical advice, timely tips, and travel product reviews for those traveling with young children.  Her book and website contain solid advice from over 21 travel experts - pilots, flight attendants, travel agents, gate agents, pediatricians, frequent fliers, and more.  Her blog is filled with photos, videos, and honest editorial reviews of products designed for families traveling with kids.
  • Junior Flyer  A fun site site where youngsters can learn about aviation and the airline industry.  Flight science, games & puzzles, coloring, history, and more.
  • Junior Pilot Adventures  A children's aviation book about two little pilots from South Africa who fly off on an exciting journey to fetch their friends from another city.  Along the way, they experience a number of situations which test their flying skills.  The story aims to educate little readers about some aspects of aviation with a safety theme throughout.
  • My First Wings  An online retailer of aviation related furniture, toys, clothes, games, DVDs, costumes, and other gifts for youth, children, toddlers, and infants.  They carry a large selection of aviation-related items for girls.
  • NASA Glenn Educational Activities  Educational programs for Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12).
  • NASA Quest Project  With a mission to provide support and services for schools, teachers and students to fully utilize the Internet, and its underlying information technologies, as a basic tool for learning.
  • National Cadet Web Site  Air Cadets learn about the traditions of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and participate in flight-related activities.  Air Cadets have a chance to earn their civilian pilot licenses through the Air Cadet program.
  • New England Air Museum  Summer programs for students that are co-instructed by instructors and professionals from the aeronautical industry.  Located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
  • PapaInk, The International Children's Art Archive  A non-profit organization celebrating children's creative spirit and displaying pictures they have drawn.  While not aviation-specific, the archives contain many pictures children have drawn of airplanes.  Children can also add their own.
  • Piedmont Silver Eagles Charitable Funds, Inc.  Includes a fund to promote Aviation Career Days for children.  This fund is geared toward lower, middle and high school students.  It will aid and financially promote Discovery (initial flights) for those over 15 at accredited and licensed flight schools.
  • PlaneMath  A place for students and teachers to learn about math and aeronautics.
  • Poppy the Bird  See the fun videos and read the true story about Poppy, the baby bird rescued on the jetbridge at DFW airport by a flight attendant.
  • The Royal Aero Club Trust  Advancing the cause of air sport and aviation by actively raising funds to help young people to take part in air sports and recreation.
  • Royal Air Force Air Cadets  A national youth organization sponsored by the Royal Air Force in the UK. Membership is open to young people aged between 13 and 22 years.  Air Cadets enjoy flying, gliding, going on camps, taking part in all kinds of action, adventure and sports.
  • Royal Canadian Air Cadets An organization for Canadian youth between the ages of 12 and 19.  The Air Cadet organization is based on a military structure, but the youth involved remain civilians and have no commitment to serve in Canada's military at any time.
  • Team America Rocketry Challenge  AIA and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), in partnership with NASA and the Department of Defense, are sponsoring the 2007 Challenge, a model rocket competition for U.S. high school and middle school students.
  • Turbo the Flying Dog  Turbo wants nothing more than to leave his boring life at the pound behind. The day he discovers his wish is coming true he is terrified to learn that he will have to take an airplane, which another dog describes as "a big metal machine that makes noises in the sky," to his new home. With the help of his new family, this rescue dog overcomes his fears learning to love aviation after taking a turn at the controls.  A light hearted aviation children’s book series for ages 4-8.
  • Unique Baby Gear Ideas  Aviator and airplane theme baby nursery bedding, furniture, and coordinating decorations.  Baby aviator decorating ideas and contemporary nursery design tips as well as other popular styles of baby decor.
  • Violet the Pilot  An adventurous girl flies different airplanes having different adventures in different countries.  For all ages.
  • West Michigan Flight Academy  The purpose of WMFA is to give economically disadvantaged urban youth the opportunity to pursue a highly advanced technical career related to aviation and the aerospace industries.  WMFA create experiences for students that builds character and develop skills in communication, social, technical, professional discipline and accountability.  Working with dedicated professionals and educators, students prepare for their futures by participating in activities that stress the application of aviation and aerospace.
  • Wright Flight, Inc.  The mission of Wright Flight is to use the motivational power of aviation to stimulate students to set and achieve higher goals in their educational and personal development.  From the examples of aviation role models, students are taught that through commitment and hard work they can achieve their own goals, have aviation-related experiences, and develop a more positive self concept.
  • Young Eagles  This EAA program was launched to give interested young people, ages 8 to 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane.  These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.
  • Youth Pilot  A blog by a Flight Instructor and Airplane Mechanic created to connect young people interested in flying to Flight Instructors throughout the U.S.  The "Youth Pilot Training Program" workbooks were written to assist young people as they learn to fly.
  • Zack's Planes  The blog of a young enthusiast who shares different experiences he's had flying remote controlled planes.