Student staring at radarWhy care about AVSED?

  • More than 50% of the current science and engineering workforce is approaching retirement we need to recruit young people to aviation and space careers
  • Activities like ACE camps and FAA-sponsored curriculum give students reasons to take higher math courses which prepare them to pursue aviation careers
  • AVSED is great publicity for the FAA
  • Volunteering with AVSED boosts employee morale
  • Aviation is an exciting career
  • Flying is a tool to get young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • It is FUN!
  • The U.S. is rapidly losing its global technological superiority:
  • Fewer scientists are graduating from our colleges.
  • China graduates 4 times the number of engineers as the U.S.
  • Baby Boomers are retiring
  • FAA will hire 12,000 new Air Traffic Controllers over the next 10 years.