Urban Wings and Aerospace Leadership Club… is a club. This means the membership has an organization. Young aviators are essentially connected to the operation of an organization where they meet, make decisions, propose and vote on actions, learn Roberts Rules of Order and engage the integrated studies of culture, history, aviation, communication, and STEM.
Founded in 2015, by Michael Chappie Grice, Urban Wings and Aerospace Leadership Club is a non-profit entity whose aim is to pique the interest of middle and high school students by introducing them to Aviation and Aviation history; particularly, the Tuskegee Airmen, and business education concepts through aviation simulation, applied mathematics, business seminars, case studies, and entrepreneurial challenges.
The program has two divisions: “The Members” and “The Champions.” Young men and women comprise the “Members,” and only “Elders” aviators, war veterans, and investors comprise “The Champions.” The champions cheer us on. They direct us with creative and visionary thinking, and they point the organization toward resources and opportunities.
The members meet twice monthly, sometimes on line, and review the business of the club: its finances, opportunities the challenges of going to school, progress of members in their aviation studies, and the calendar of events. The Champions set their own goals and deliver as they can.
Our early efforts, in recent years, are now paying off. Urban Wings and Aerospace Club has cultivated promising affiliations with similar programs: Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Compton, Calif., Pacific West Aerospace Academy in Seattle, and the Legacy Flight Academy in Tuskegee, Alabama. Mr. Grice holds an honorary membership with the Atlanta Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, and has cultivated partnerships with several colleges specializing in applied mathematics, applied business, aviation, aerodynamics, and traffic control.