About Our Mission

MISSION STATEMENT

Come fly with us! We are in search of pilots, aircraft owners, aircrew members, and mechanics. We also need aviation enthusiasts and aerospace professionals.

The Red-tailed Hawks Flying Club operates under the charter of Black Pilots of America, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization www.bpapilots.org. By no means does one have to be black to join. We only ask that you support our mission to introduce the underserved and underrepresented to the aviation industry.

We offer aviation comradery, mentorship to those who want to earn pilot certificates, and youth activities designed to inspire and engage the next generation of pilots and aerospace professionals.

We are committed to sustaining our Red-tailed Hawks Youth Program, providing scholarships to the BPA Summer Flight Academy.

The Red-tailed Hawks Youth Program (RTH) uses aviation to promote STEM. We rotate monthly meetings to various aviation related venues. We have visited the Museum of Flight, Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Future of Flight, Flying Heritage Collection, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, McChord Field, etc. We also provide our students flights in general aviation aircraft. Every meeting includes aviation history and pilot knowledge.

Our vision is "Legacy Lift, Future Thrust..." We ground our students in aviation history with presentations and video. We also instruct out of the FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (PHAK). All Student members and guests are welcome to attend monthly meetings and gain this experience. We also have a set of Student members who have signed a "Flight Path" commitment letter to "Gain Pilot Knowledge" and/or to "Learn to Fly". Those students are given the RTH PHAK Activity Workbook, which is a self-pace course through the PHAK that requires Pilot member engagement. The workbook requires reading, writing essays, conducting experiments, demonstrations, and flight planning.

Students that are committed to Learn to Fly will earn scholarships to the Black Pilots of America, Inc. Summer Flight Academy (SFA) based on completing the RTH PHAK Activity Workbook and participation.