Aviation USA Aero (AUSAA) is a 501(c)3 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.

Watch the video to learn more about our airplane building program around science, technology, engineering and math.

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  • Inclusive for all students

  • Career pathways into the Aviation Industry and STEM pipeline.

  • Building confidence

  • Encouraging teamwork

  • Develop skill set

  • Instill character

  • Teach good work ethics



  • Career paths in Aviation and Engineering

  • Mechanical  skill sets for future

  • College preparedness

  • Hours towards A&P certification

  • Grades increase dramatically

  • Future aviators

  • Military Flight Training Academy

  • Aerospace College concentrations

  • Applied Technology Aviation Maintenance



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!