Funding Update April, 2018.  Our tail section and wings are done, and our fuselage is being worked on.  Our finishing kit has just delivered and we are now asking for your help to fund our engine purchase.  Please help with your tax deductible contribution for this worthy project.

Welcome to the Southern Arizona Teen Aviation Website.

We are a non-profit 501c(3) organization dedicated to introducing High School Students to aviation.

Much of a teenager’s school life is spent sitting in a classroom, doing homework or studying for a test. Our classroom is a workshop. We don’t have tests but we do have high expectations.  The primary focus of our work is building a Van’s Aircraft RV12 airplane and then flying it.  A real airplane.

While the tangible result might be an airplane, the students are learning so much more. As part of the build process the students are learning how to use the tools required to build an airplane. They are also learning organizational and leadership skills. We have guests from the aviation community come in to talk about their careers.

In addition we are taking trips to Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson International Ariport, and others to visit organizations and companies that are involved with aviation and flying aircraft for business, military, law enforcement and personal use.

There are many possible career paths in aviation. Yes, you can become a pilot, but what about an aerospace engineer, certified aircraft mechanic,  flight dispatcher,  airport manager,  avionics technician,  or air traffic controller. Our hope is that we can inspire our students to pursue a career in aviation that suits them.

We have limited slots available for High School sophomores, juniors and seniors.

If you would like to join us please contact us at

A word about funding:   Our first and second years are the hardest.  Once the aircraft is completed it will be used to give the much deserving students some flight instruction in it.  Then it will be sold to fund the next aircraft.  Please help with this very financially difficult time for us and our kids.

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Southern Arizona Teen Aviation

P.O. Box 87364

Tucson, Arizona 85754-7364