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The purpose of the MissionAero Program is to professionalize young people for the cause of Christ through a unique AeroSTEM (Aeronautics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) pipeline.



Only 33% of 8th graders are interested in STEM Majors


Only 6% of high school seniors will get a Bachelor’s of Science in a STEM Field


In 2010, people with STEM jobs has a 5.3% unemployment rate versus a 10% unemployment rate for non-STEM jobs.


Aviation is fun and the need for aviators is great! According to Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, more than 617,000 commercial airline pilots will be required by 2035. Strategic partnerships with STARBASE, AeroStar Avion Institute (AAI) and Wings As Eagles Mission Air Service (WAE) allow City Baptist students receive many different tools, throughout a seven-year training process. Through incorporating different education techniques (oral and written communication, interview skills, research, etc.) through the medium of an interesting subject, young people will receive various skills to expand their future opportunities.

Training begins during 5th grade, and includes both classroom and practical instruction. Classroom instruction includes topics such as an introduction to aerospace, the complete history of aviation, aircraft anatomy & flight theory, air traffic control, airport/airline operations, resume writing, interviewing techniques, and aviation career exploration. Practical instruction includes topics such as flight simulation, drone operation, operating remote controlled helicopters, building model aircraft, meeting industry professionals, and taking field trips to aviation companies. Students have free access to a certified FAA simulator, and several airplane navigation training aids. Our goal is to have some receive flight training, take their first solo flight and ultimately earn their FAA private pilot’s license. Through providing aviation training, students will have the ability to believe beyond their circumstances and have assured employment after graduation.

Training begins when 5th graders receive hand’s on STEM training at STARBASE’s Gary facility. Students have the option to attend STARBASE’s summer training programs each summer before starting 9th grade.

During each school year of 9th-12th grade, students will learn via AeroStar’s proven aerospace and aviation curriculum. Each summer during those years, students have the option to attend AAI’s summer camps.

After graduation, any young men desiring to become missionary aviators have the opportunity to receive reduced cost flight training at WAE facilities in Osh Kosh, WI during the summer. Young men 14 and older have the option to attend WAE flight camps during the summer.


BGen(s) E. John Teichert, USAF

Commander, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

Dr. Bob Green

Hispanic Ministries and Aviation Director, Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI)

Jennifer-Ruth Green

Program Advisor

Rachel Updyke

Lead Instructure