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GOAL

Tuskegee, with its rich history of excellence, is our Fixed Base of Operation, but we partner with fight schools across the nation to facilitate fight instruction and create personal growth. The RTSF has provided training for students from coast to coast.

FLY

We provide fight training that allows our students to earn the Private Pilot Certificate. Select students will continue their training to obtain the Instrument Rating and advance to a Commercial Pilot Certificate and the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate. All of our students who become CFIs continue to teach inside the program, building fight time while mentoring our newer students.

MAINTAIN

Our Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) program provides the hands on training and experience necessary to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exam to become a certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Technician. Achieving an A&P certification will allow our students to excel as AMTs in the aerospace industry.

LEAD

Leadership principles are the foundation that the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation is built upon. Honesty, integrity, discipline, dedication, and hard work are the standards necessary to succeed in aviation and in life. We provide leadership training to all of our students, as well as providing multiple leadership opportunities to enable our students to learn, grow and excel.

MENTOR

Whether our students are interested in becoming an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, a professional civilian or military aviator, fight dispatch, airfield manager, or any other aviation related career, our mentor cadre is here to help. We have mentors with decades of experience in a wide array of aviation related disciplines, and we work with our industry partners to ensure our students are prepared for a lifetime of success.

All

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RED TAIL ACADEMY

Between 1942 and 1945, the U.S. Army Air Corps trained 996 Tuskegee Airmen. Founded in 2015, the goal of RTSF/RTFA is to train a minimum of 997 African American pilots and 300 African American Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technicians. An aviation career is a gateway to the world. The aviation industry will create opportunities in under-resourced communities and effect positive change that will impact generations to come. At RTFA we focus on four main pillars to prepare our scholars for success: Fly, Maintain, Lead, and Mentor. With your help, RTSF can achieve our goals and ensure that the Tuskegee Airmen are not just an important piece of our history, but an integral part of our future.

Current Operations & Future Growth:

  • Currently, the Red Tail Flight Academy operates a fleet of two Cessna-172 Skyhawks, two Piper PA-28 Cherokee 180s, and a Super Decathlon. We also have a 10 bay T-Hangar that we currently use for aircraft maintenance and storage.

  • As a fight school training future military pilots and future civilian pilots, we have a unique feet designed to optimize the aspiring professional aviator and maintainer. Our Cessnas and Cherokees are the perfect platforms for new pilots working towards a private pilots license, or more experienced pilots striving toward instrument ratings or advanced certificates. Our feet doubles as a maintenance platform for our A&P candidates to build hours while keeping our feet airworthy. The Super Decathlon is an outstanding aircraft to train our future military aviators on basic and advanced aerobatic maneuvers, which will prepare them to be more successful in their military aspirations.

  • We are excited about the multitude of opportunities that await. We are transitioning our Flight Academy into a 14 CFR Part 141 pilot school and a 14 CFR Part 147 aircraft maintenance technician school. RTSF is partnering with Tuskegee University (TU) to build a 4 year Bachelors of Science program so students can couple their undergraduate college experience with our Part 141/147 schools. Future students can earn a 4 year degree from TU while building fight and/or maintenance hours as part of their degree program. Upon graduation, our students will have earned a degree, as well as accumulated the required fight hours to start their professional aviation career, or the required maintenance hours to start their AMT career as an A&P. Expanding our current aviation and maintenance feet of aircraft, while building a state-of-the-art flight academy and maintenance facility, will allow the Red Tail Flight Academy and Tuskegee University to become the premier combined aviation and maintenance school in the entire country. With your help, we can bring Tuskegee back to the forefront of aviation.

OUR VISION

To find qualified, motivated students who demonstrate all of the values that the original Tuskegee Airmen embodied and give them the tools necessary to succeed in the field.

OUR INSPIRATION

Our Tuskegee Airmen Heroes who possessed unwavering courage, professionalism, and
patriotism which has defined much of our aviation history.

OUR MISSION

10,562

Hours Flown

24

Private Pilot Licenses

8

Instrument Ratings

11

Commercial Ratings

14

Certified Flight Instructors

21

In Instrument Training

3

MEI

1

Rotary Wing

1

Certified Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic

1

Inspector Authorization Rating

2

Commercial Pilots Graduates

5

Graduates In US Air Force

Our Current Flight Path

Our Previous Destinations

RTA has been pretty busy since our conception in 2020. Here are some things we have accomplished thus far. 

Training

Developed a Standard Operating Procedure and Flight Training Program for our Private Pilot training program which incorporates best practices from airline and military training programs.

Set up an aircraft maintenance support system in collaboration with students from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance.

Licensing

Launched a flying club in June 2020 which purchased a Piper Warrior to be used for student training.

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2 Students have received their Private Pilot license.

Curriculum

Feb 2020

4 Students Aviation 101 curriculum. 

3 Students participated in our ground school curriculum.

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May 2020​

3 Students participated in our Private Pilot curriculum.

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June/Oct 2020​

1 Student participated in our Instrument Pilot curriculum.

Partnerships

Established contacts with the KCK and KCMO school systems.

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Established relationships with various STEM / aviation education programs (TAI, OBAP, LFA).

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Established relationships with the Civil Air Patrol and Jr. ROTC programs in the metro area.

History

Prior to 1940, African Americans were barred from participating in flying activities for the U.S. military. It was not until the establishment of a program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft that minority pilots took flight. This select group of Tuskegee Airman became known as the “Red Tails,” and were the first African Americans trained by the U.S. military to engage in combat operations.


These brave pilots possessed unwavering courage, professionalism, and patriotism which has defined much of our aviation history. Our goal is to provide opportunities for qualified, motivated students who demonstrate the values the original Tuskegee Airmen embodied and provide them with the necessary tools to succeed in this competitive career field.