Aviation USA Aero (AUSAA) is a 501c3 that implements hands on airplane builds for high school students using a state approved curriculum designed by the President of AUSAA. Our program incorporates the Van's RV12iS kit airplane to bring STEM Aviation, Aerospace, Engineering, and a variety of soft skills to students for future STEM careers.


AUSAA builds communities around each AUSAA program and our students. We thrive in making this a win, win for every student, as we rally with them in connecting community mentors, experienced pilots/aviation enthusiast, industry partners, organizations, and more for the future of STEM careers and the future of our students.

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  • To focus on Under-represented, Under-served students, along with students from all walks of life.

  • To prepare students for career pathways into the Aviation Industry and STEM pipeline.

  • To build confidence

  • To encourage teamwork

  • To develop a highly valuable      skill set

  • To instill character

  • To practice & teach good work ethics



  • Many students have chosen to follow career paths in Aviation and Engineering

  • A significant increase with our students in choosing a career path

  • More than half of our students go on to become pilots while others pursue STEM careers and even careers with NASA.

  • Student's overall grades and ASVB scores increase dramatically



We immerse our students in aviation, with a hands-on STEM technique of learning. We teach them to have fun and to be engaged in their approach to learn with aviation educators and professional mentors from the various aviation, industry, engineering fraternity.

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•Aviation USA's three-year aviation education curriculum along with the quality build manual was written by Aviation USA's President and Director of STEM Education, Derek Rowe. Derek is currently a High School Aviation educator of 6 years and 35 years as a helicopter and fixed wing pilot.

•The State approved education curriculum, along with an approved academic manual for the aircraft build project, and opportunity for Dual Credits is available for all our Aviation USA builds nationwide.

•The curriculum is developed in a way that it teaches aviation, Private Pilot Theory, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, federal aviation regulations, computer programing, people skills, industry training, teamwork, networking, pro-folio development, social skills, leadership, and , prepare students to start their journey in Aviation Flight, Aviation Engineering, Aerospace and much more.

•Aviation USA is great for School Aviation programs, Independent STEM programs, Youth Groups,  small airports, Community Colleges, and anywhere you want to bring STEM Aviation to students.

•This is a hands-on education, structured by teamwork, deep thinking STEM processes, and leadership, accessible to reach students from all walks of life.

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For more information and details, please contact

Derek Rowe, President: 931-637-4393 or Angie Verissimo, VP: 765-414-8487.

We look forward to building with you!