Founded in 2012 to help high school students enter aviation and aerospace careers, the Houston Airports Aviation Club currently sponsors one HISD high school chapter: Sterling High School. Students meet with other Aviation Club members monthly to participate in learning, enrichment and mentoring activities.
Students must meet the following criteria for membership:
Numerous education entities and community groups have accepted the invitation from Houston Airports to get involved in the Aviation Club. These sponsors include:
One of the ultimate goals of the Aviation Club is to build an aviation and aerospace workforce for the future. For a brochure with more detailed information about the club, click here.
Why launch an aviation club?
Houston Airports Director Mario C. Diaz had a vision to launch the club during the 2012 school year as a means to plant seeds for future generations to enter aviation and aerospace careers. Dreaming of aviation when growing up in New York, he found early exposure to the industry critical for his career path.
He believes that Houston's "Space City" legacy will continue if we plant enough seeds in the hearts and minds of our young people. "As a teenager," he says, "I became fascinated with aviation, and I enjoyed the journey I experienced as first a pilot and later an executive for airports in three major U.S. cities. My dream is to create a Houston-based initiative geared to fostering the passion for flying in the next generation of aviators and space pioneers."
What is the mission of the aviation club?
Why an aviation club?
The Houston Airports Aviation Club offers students the opportunity to:
What is the curriculum for the monthly meetings?
Students meet on a monthly basis. Each meeting includes:
Are there plans to expand the program to other high schools?
Yes. With support from our sponsors, Houston Airports plans to expand the program to additional Houston area high schools.