Mission statement

          DC Youth Aviation - Build a Plane, Inc. is a non profit group established with the purpose of promoting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning to high school students.  D.C. Youth Aviation is a non profit with 501 (c) (3) status.  Our EIN #: 81-4653975. 


            We have more planes, in que, that will be donated to our non profit, education STEM program throughout the year, so there is plenty of hands-on learning for all.  Students will have the exciting prospect  to learn in the classroom and at our  Hangar 32 at Washington Executive airport.  


          Our first successful STEM restoration project was a 1952 Piper Pacer PA-20/135 fabric, tail wheel airplane. It was skinned, rebuilt, and returned to its historic state.   It was restored from October 2016-October 2018...two full, busy years of hard work.  

          The second STEM restoration project will be a 1969 Piper Cherokee/ 140, metal skin, traditional, tri-wheel airplane.


            We pride ourselves on facilitating student mentoring, taking an airport tour, meeting pilots, master restorers and engineers.   Students  can contact us directly by clicking on 'contact us'.  In the summer, we plan STEM "Build a Plane"  Saturday workshops.



The opportunity to restore and re-build Mary S. Feik's historic 1952 PA-20 Pacer is an amazing honor.  The "Build a Plane" project promotes general aviation to young aviators.  

This Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) project supports young students to consider mathematically-influenced careers such as architecture, engineering and aviation.  Aviation is applied STEM.  


What is STEM success    

Why are we so proud of this project?

  • Four of the thirty students are pursuing flight lessons and will be certified as FAA pilots by the time that they are 16 yrs old!   Some of the others now consider aviation as a realistic career path. NONE had any aviation background.
  • One of the students who wanted to study engineering, said that "she wanted to send her college applications only to engineering schools that "had an aviation program".