Joy To The Child, Inc. DBA Teen Aviation of New Jersey established the Aircraft Build Program at the Flying W Airport in Medford New Jersey in the fall of 2021. Joy To The Child, Inc. is a New Jersey registered non-profit charitable organization and is listed with the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Aircraft Build Program is an after-school activity for students in need who have a sincere interest in aviation. The program is designed to augment their traditional education and give them a better chance at succeeding in life. The program is funded entirely by charitable donations, and participation in the program is at no cost to the students or their families. All program staff and mentors are volunteers, and all donations to the program go directly to the cost of the aircraft builds, student activities, overhead, and administrative expenses.
The purpose of the Aircraft Build Program is to encourage high school students to gain greater knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and aviation-related career fields. The objective of the program is to introduce the students to career possibilities in a variety of STEM and aviation-related fields they may not be aware of, or that may seem beyond their reach. The target demographic for the program is high school students ages 13 through 18 who would benefit from participating in the program.
The program is centered around the students building an actual, flying two seat experimental aircraft under the supervision and mentoring of our program mentors, with the basic philosophy being mentors teach, students build. Build sessions are limited to 12 students, and are conducted weekly at the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey. The program is designed to be an ongoing activity, with the construction of each aircraft taking a year or longer to complete. After an aircraft is completed, it is sold to provide funds for a subsequent aircraft build, allowing the program to continue year after year. In addition to the aircraft builds, the program also includes guest speakers from various Science-Technology-Engineering-Math and aviation-related career fields.
Please help support the Teen Aviation of New Jersey Aircraft Build Program. Your donations are tax deductable.
Interested in joining the program? Go to the FORMS page for our NOTICE TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS and STUDENT APPLICATION forms.
Please visit the Van's Aircraft Website to learn more about the RV-12 kit built Experimental Light Sport Aircraft that we are building.