The New England Air Museum’s Inspiring Future Aviators program encourages young people to pursue careers in aviation by providing local high school students with behind-the-scenes access to the New England Air Museum and the Bombardier Hartford Service Centre in Windsor Locks, CT.
In addition to touring the museum, students receive exclusive access to our Aircraft Restoration Facility where we repair, maintain, and restore our collection of historic aircraft. The Bombardier facility visit gives students an opportunity to meet aviation industry professionals as well as tour an active aircraft maintenance shop floor.
Over 800 students have participated in the program since its inception in 2011, and many of these students have gone on to pursue careers in the aerospace industry.
Here’s what some Inspiring Future Aviators program educators have to say about their experience:
“This is the best field trip of the year for my students. The Bombardier facility is the first time some of them are able to see and talk to people who actually work in engineering and technology.”
“The whole day was just perfect! My students were engaged and loved spending time both at NEAM and Bombardier. They are already talking about going again next year!”
“Students were in awe of the “under-the-hood” peeks at aircraft. They came away with an appreciation for the careers associated with building and maintaining aircraft and the possibilities for themselves in those professions.”
“Three students who participated in the program last year changed their career goals after their Inspiring Future Aviators experience. Rather than become automotive technicians, they are now enrolled in the Connecticut Aero Tech School for Maintenance Technicians program.”
Thanks to generous funding provided by Bombardier a limited number of Inspiring Future Aviator programs are available to local schools each year at no coast. This funding also covers the cost of busing if required, but schools must provide their own lunches. The program can accommodate groups of up to 30 students per visit, and the program is open to technical/vocational high schools, high schools with aerospace, engineering, or STEM specialty programs, as well as traditional high schools. Contact Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D., Director of Education, by phone at 860-623-3305 X313 or submit this Contact Education Form