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Academy

RED TAIL​

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OUR vision

To see a vibrant aviation industry with a well educated and trained workforce

composed of individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures. 

 
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Future Plans:

  • Build an infrastructure that will support 25 kids spread out among various flight training programs to provide a professional aviation career pathway.

  • Develop a training pathway to the regional or major airlines.

  • Introduce aviation careers to under-privileged and under-represented communities in the Kansas City area.

  • Provide low-cost, high-value flight training for Kansas City area youth implementing best practices from airline industry and military training. The emphasis is in providing a direct pathway to FAA certification in both manned and unmanned flight as well as aircraft maintenance.

  • Leverage existing private pilot ground school training programs and augment with hands-on labs, interaction with aviation professionals and simulator training which includes enhanced airline training techniques and military training best practices.

  • We have a goal to place graduated Red Tail Academy students either as ground instructors, simulator instructors, flight instructors or aviation related jobs and opportunities in the community.

  • We will utilize a building block approach focusing on continuous engagement and mentorship through programs beginning in middle school through 12th grade.

  • We will emphasize the soft skills required for any profession; not just aviation. Things like accountability, etiquette, decorum, timeliness and personal conduct will be emphasized throughout the program.
     

 

OUR inspiration

Red Tail Academy, Inc officially launched June 2020 as a 501(c)(3) in Kansas City with the mission to create opportunities to expose, educate and mentor underrepresented youth (ages 12-18) in the aviation field. Red Tail Academy was founded by local pilots and aviation enthusiasts who are passionate about helping youth overcome the many barriers into the world of aviation. 

Red Tail Academy, Inc, is inspired from the Tuskegee Airmen.

 
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THE FLIGHT PLAN

Provide a clear and achievable pathway for youth to accomplish their aviation goals in an affordable yet professional environment.

THE FUEL

With your support, Red Tail Academy can break barriers that prohibit underrepresented youth from taking flight in their life and career. 

THE FLIGHT

The Red Tail Academy wants to help you achieve your dream of learning how to fly. We have pilots and flight instructors who are ready to help you accomplish your goal. The Redtail Academy provides flight training from private pilots all the way up to commercial and flight instructor ratings.

THE RUNWAY

Red Tail Academy will provide students access to aviation professionals, partner with local youth organizations enter and present aviation career path talks to students.

THE destination

Red Tail Academy will ensure that each student not only gets the attention they need to obtain a private pilot's license but also learn valuable life skills to be a confident professional. 

Our Mission

 
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Our Current Flight Path

  • Student currently in instrument training.

  • Student with multiple offers to aviation programs at several Universities. He is deciding on the best pathway forward for him to continue his pursuit of becoming an airline pilot.

  • StudentS enrolled in our Private Pilot ground school, which launched April 15, 2021.

  • StudentS started flighted training at the beginning of June 2021.

  • 14 StudentS recently completed our Aviation 101 program which launched in March 2021.

  • Students in the queue awaiting information for the startup of the next ground school.

  • As of today, we have an additional eight students who have expressed entrance in joining our program to become a pilot; their ages range from 14-15 years old.

 

Our Previous Destinations

RTA has been pretty busy since our conception in 2020. Here are some things we have accomplished thus far. 

Training

  • Developed a Standard Operating Procedure and Flight Training Program for our Private Pilot training program which incorporates best practices from airline and military training programs.

  • Set up an aircraft maintenance support system in collaboration with students from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance.

licensing

  • Launched a flying club in June 2020 which purchased a Piper Warrior to be used for student training.

  • 2 Students have received their Private Pilot license.

curriculum

  • Feb 2020

    • 4 Students Aviation 101 curriculum. 

    • 3 Students participated in  our ground school curriculum.

  • May 2020​

    • 3 Students participated in our Private Pilot curriculum.

  • June/Oct 2020​

    • 1 Student
      participated in our Instrument Pilot curriculum.

Partnerships

  • Established contacts with the KCK and KCMO school systems.

  • Established relationships with various STEM / aviation education programs (TAI, OBAP, LFA).

  • Established relationships with the Civil Air Patrol and Jr. ROTC programs in the metro area.

 

OPENING UP THE GATE

As of 2019, less than 7% of U.S. airline flight crews are minorities. Many underrepresented youth do not see or believe opportunities in the aviation industry are open to them. There are a number of reasons why they lack vision: lack of access, no clear path to success, lack of funds and cultural barriers. Our strategy is to face these hurdles head-on with an effective plan that enables young people to see and master aviation opportunities.

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OUR LOGO & Emblem

As of 2019, less than 7% of U.S. airline flight crews are minorities. Many underrepresented youth do not see or believe opportunities in the aviation industry are open to them. There are a number of reasons why they lack vision: lack of access, no clear path to success, lack of funds and cultural barriers. Our strategy is to face these hurdles head-on with an effective plan that enables young people to see and master aviation opportunities.

What Do They Mean?

  • Our Emblem:

    • The lowercase "a" stands for aviation, achievement, access, altitude and academy which is a core differentiator. It also represents youth. 

    • The Red Tail: The red color with the yellow tab derives from the Tuskegee Airmen plane who painted the tail of their planes red with yellow tabs.  The shape of the tail comes from an Eagle's tail, which represents stability. The Eagle represents vision, leadership, confidence, overcoming any obstacle,  

    • The five red tail feathers represent the five phases of our program.

  • Our Logo:

    • The blue circle along with a star and white rectangle box pays ode to the Tuskegee Airmen airplane, which represents a group of professional African Americans breaking barriers in aviation.

  • Our Colors:

    • Red - Strength, passion, determination

    • Blue - Sky, confidence, stability

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