Aviation Education

To promote "Aviation Knowledge through Education"; create a public awareness of the need to promote the development and enhancement of education in aviation; establish a civil aviation information distribution program within each region and center of the Federal Aviation Administration;
promote "safety in the skies through aviation education"; create "career awareness" in aviation at the elementary and secondary educational levels; prepare qualified individuals to meet the future need of aviation; stimulate public and private sector initiative in meeting the American and worldwide competitive challenge in science and technology; aid educators by providing aviation information they can readily use in their normal classroom curriculum or in special classroom projects, to improve communication skills, math, science, technology, and computer literacy as it relates to aviation; and help educators identify the learning needs of our society in this rapidly changing technological era.

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - Contact the Aviation Information Distribution Program person listed in appendix IV.

Program Accomplishments

Continued to implement Aviation and Space Education (AVSED) Local Counselor Program (volunteer FAA employees); provided consultant assistance to schools and colleges; continued to establish "Partnerships-in-Education" among industry, education, and government. Priorities established by the AVSED Strategic Plan included creative leadership that commits FAA to become the internationally recognized authority on aviation and space education. This would be both consistent and reinforcing of FAA's mission to maintain America's preeminence in aviation. In addition, creative leadership in education demonstrates FAA's commitment to support the President's initiative of No Child Left Behind. AVSED's plan is the integration of aerospace thematic Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum into education and to expand and create synergistic partnerships that support this inclusion into state education frameworks. FAA's existing base of enthusiastic volunteers, aviation and space education national, regional, and center program managers offer a national network focused upon promoting U.S. aviation. For example, we continue to work with the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and the National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE) to emphasize and expand outreach linkages. The states have Constitutional authority for education; therefore, State partnerships provide the infrastructure and mechanism for implementing and sustaining federally initiated programs on a national level. Thus, to achieve this goal, FAA must continue to pro-actively increase FAA's internal and external partnerships. Consistent with the National Performance Review, the AVSED plan calls for a refocusing and reengineering of aviation and space education programs. Refocusing permits the FAA to better accomplish its mission to "foster the growth of aviation." Also, declining resources and new technologies makes it imperative that aviation programs be reengineered. Following is the list of aviation and space education programs. (1) Aviation and Space Education web site, www.faa.gov/education, is an on-line computer-based information service that links the education community and the Federal government to educational information services. The web site provides a complete agency organizational and program profile for university administrators, professors, teachers, students and the general public. Information on aviation and space education programs and resources available from FAA national, regions, and centers, and facilities may be included in the database. Details on aviation and space education initiatives and aviation industry special interest groups are also available. All FAA Aviation and Space Education materials and curriculum are located on the web site and are down loadable for reproduction. (2) FAA Aviation and Space Education Volunteer Counselor Program: FAA will select, provide orientation, and appoint volunteer resource personnel to coordinate with headquarters, region and center aviation and space education program managers to implement FAA aviation and space education programs. FAA volunteers are designed as official Aviation and Space Education Counselors. The Counselors will assist FAA in promoting aviation and space education and fostering a wider knowledge, and better understanding of FAA, the National Airspace System, and civil aviation in America. There has been one counselor workshop conducted in headquarters in 2006 and there are plans to conduct six counselor workshops in regions in 2007. (3) Government-Industry-Education Partnerships: partnerships such as, NASAO, Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP), International Black Aerospace Council (IBAC) and NCAE, increase public awareness and enhancement of the role of aviation, and support aviation and space education programs at all levels of the educational system. These private/public sector or government educationpartnerships are increasingly important as we move towards our goal of increasing STEM educational awareness. Each partnership yields additional resources to support the FAA's aviation and space education program initiatives. In fiscal year 2004, FAA formalized two new partnership; one with Women in Aviation International and one with the Experimental Aircraft Association. In 2005, FAA formed a partnership with Civil Air Patrol.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Encouragement of the development of Civil Aviation Information Distribution programs.


This is "aviation in the classroom" and includes all aspects of student, teacher, school, coordination with other national educational programs; INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND STATE COMMUNITY RELATIONS.

Develops and gives support to strengthening the regions, state, and local communities in their ability to perform the tasks and functions of Aviation Education within their respective areas.

Includes workshops, conferences, youth programs, teacher education, public education, and other programs, materials, and resource planning support.

Liaison with all International, National, Regions, and State aviation and education officials and organizations.


Includes electronic websites, data gathering and dissemination, and communications.

The Aviation Education Program utilizes all segments of the FAA workforce as catalysts and aviation interest groups' support of education in assuring the availability of qualified human resources and improving public understanding of the economic and social importance of an efficient and safe air transportation system.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Aviation and education administrators, school, college and university officials, officers of civil organizations, and domestic and international governments, aviation industry, and education organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Aviation and education administrators, school, college and university officials, officers of civil organizations, and domestic and international governments, aviation industry, and education organizations.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


There are no financial awards or grants available.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applications take the form of a written request for Aviation Education materials or counseling to an FAA regional or Headquarters office.

Award Procedures





Airport and Airway Development Act of 1970, as amended, Section 301, Public Law 94-353, Section 21, 49 U.S.C. 1346a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements







Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and expenses) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $0; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

"FAA order 1250.2A".

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the Aviation Information Distribution Program person listed in appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

Office of the Assistant Administrator for Region and Center Operations, 800 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, DC 20590. National Headquarter/s Office for the Program Implementation, Office of the Regional Administrator, 12 New england Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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