ALI Leadership in Aerospace Program Scholars Build Unmanned Aircraft
With the support of a professional program manager and project engineer, students are working together to design, build, and fly a scale model NASA IKHANA unmanned aircraft while learning aerospace industry standards and best practices. The team is also working to ensure the safety of the non-flying public and the success of the program by researching the evolving aero-regulatory environment and by employing professional project management tools.
The goal is to inspire these young scholars to pursue their interests in aerospace, and to give them a taste of the aerospace profession.
The team plans to visit the San Diego Wind Tunnel, visit local aerospace companies, test their aircraft, and fly it before the end of the school year.
Stay tuned for more information as the project progresses, and video footage from Paul Bowers (OTA-TV).
ALI takes students to Flightdeck Flight Simulator Center
FlightDeck and ALI have partnered to arrange for greater access to experiential STEM for underprivileged San Diego youth.
The students were dressed in flight suits and received a classroom briefing. They practiced in the cockpit, adjusting their headsets and responding to radio checks. Cleared for takeoff, they flew high and low, trying everything to prevent an opponent from getting behind them. Then they attempted two airport landings before leaving the cockpit for a debrief and scoring review with the instructor.
Excursions like these are part of ALI’s mission to inspire and support STEM education.