The Make An Impact Foundation’s Drones2Jetsaviation STEM initiative took off on their first field trip. The field trip focused on how STEM is used in aviation as well as career opportunities in the field that are available to students when the time comes. included touring a charter company’s jets and maintenance facilities, private airplane hangar tours while airplanes were landing and taking off right before their eyes. Over 20 students from Lakeshore Elementary (Mooresville, N.C.) received the trip of a lifetime with a behind the scenes, first class tour of Victory Air, a jet charter service company known for serving NASCAR teams that flies out of Statesville, N.C. (KSVH). The Make An Impact Foundation and their partners treated students to a fun filled learning day of experiences in aviation.
Victory Air’s pilots, maintenance and operations team fielded questions from the students throughout their hangar tour, along with a behind the yoke experience from the flight deck of two Embraer ERJ0-145 regional jets. Students received lunch and a tour of the Statesville FBO and its jet hangars to see how different aviation companies operate.


“Seeing the connection these students had to aviation and careers was motivating. As a STEM school, this is essential for both boys and girls to see possibilities such as a mechanic, pilot and compliance manager. In the classroom, teachers are creating those conversations about careers connecting with their state standards.”
– Mrs. Sahley
Instructional Facilitator & STEM Coordinator for Lakeshore
“The first Drones2Jets field trip certainly exceeded my expectations. Bravo to team Victory Air for sharing their aviation knowledge and expertise withthe kids. There’s no doubt that some of these kids will explore a career in aviation.”
– Drones 2Jets Project Ambassador, Dave Swartzendruber