Magazine article Techniques

Make It Fly!

Magazine article Techniques

Make It Fly!

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In June 1999, the Make It Fly Foundation was established by a group of aviation companies, organizations and learning institutions with a mission to "successfully promote aviation as a valued career path and to encourage the advancement and positive development of future generations of aviation technicians."

In order to achieve that mission, the foundation produced promotional material and created a Web site. They also initiated an awareness program and fundraising efforts. A military transition program was begun; an equipment donor program to schools and a hangar tours program were modeled. Make It Fly also facilitated modeling of an apprenticeship and internship program.

KIDS TO THE HANGAR

When their research found that the best way to get youth interested in an aviation career is to allow them to see firsthand what is involved in making an airplane fly, the Make It Fly Foundation established the "Kids to the Hangar" program. The nationwide awareness campaign challenging the aviation community to invite parents, teachers and counselors to take youth to a hangar was launched in May 2000 with a full-color ad appearing in aviation trade publications. …

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