Youth Aviation Adventure

About YAA2018-10-02T19:33:10+00:00

Our History

With their love of aviation, Dan & Steve enlisted other pilots and expanded their program to anyone ages 12-18.

In 1997, Steve Wathen and Dan Kiser founded the Youth Aviation Adventure Program (YAA) in Columbus, Ohio as a way to help Steve’s son and other scouts from their troop earn their Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badges. The two men enjoyed sharing their love of aviation with the boys so much they began recruiting scouts from other nearby troops and offering their Aviation Merit Badge program twice a year. As the program became more popular, Dan and Steve enlisted other pilots and aviation enthusiasts as volunteers to expand and upgrade the content of the program, and it has since expanded to include Girl Scouts, youth from other organizations, and anyone from the ages of 12-18 with an interest in aviation.

Our Programs

YAA has developed our signature program as a modular, inexpensive, repeatable system that can be transplanted and duplicated almost anywhere. The current platform exists for our program to be implemented with almost instant success.

Aviation In-the-Know

How much do you know about aviation?

Challenge yourself and each other while answering various questions covering almost all aspects of aviation.

PowerPlant

How does an aircraft engine work?

What is the difference between a piston engine and a jet engine, and why an engine may or may not be important to keep an aircraft in the air.

Airport Operations

How does an airport operate?

Learn about the various markings and signs found in the airport environment.

Aerodynamics

What makes an airplane fly?

What generates lift, and how do the 4 forces act on an airplane?

Instrument Panel

Learn all about what all the instruments in the cockpit, what they are used to determine, and why.

Pre-Flight

How do we determine an aircraft is safe to fly?

What is the pilot looking for when performing a pre-flight?  Discover how to pre-flight an aircraft using an actual aircraft.

Careers in Aviation

How one would become a pilot?

What are the necessary steps and what are the different routes to take in order to earn the various pilot ratings and certificates?

FPG-9

Create a foam glider from the template, and see for yourself how various forces act on an aircraft in flight.

Flight Simulator

Use your knowledge of aviation to fly aircraft simulators with Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Airport Firefighter

What do firefighters have to do with airport operations, and how do they keep the airport safe?

The Columbus Fire Department answers these questions and more, bringing a truck with them for display.

Our Board Members

Steve Wathen
Steve Wathen
Bill Grawe
Bill Grawe
Christine Murakami
Christine Murakami
Greg Codispoti
Greg Codispoti
Leonard Mack
Leonard Mack
Melanie Dickman
Melanie Dickman
Robert Banasik
Robert Banasik
Ron Lime
Ron Lime
Tim Beach
Tim Beach