The ACT is currently on a mission to finish constructing the 2nd floor and we can use every donation and volunteer to make it happen. Our goal is to raise the $100,000 needed for the materials, equipment and professional labor. We can also use volunteers to assist in the minor tasks.
Get involved in different ways, earn points and receive a plaque on behalf of the ACT for your contributions.
Our Current Objective
In November 2019, we began construction on a new building, the Aeronautical Center of Technology (ACT). The ACT is the future of elite STEM education through aviation and engineering. With hands-on learning areas, STEM pilot training stations, classrooms, hangar space where students will build an airplane, the ACT will provide the foundation for a career in aviation.
We are also proud to be in close partnership with the Tuskegee Airmen (Indianapolis Chapter). This national organization continues the legacy and perseverance of the first all-black squadron in World War Two by inspiring and encouraging young people of color to pursue aviation careers.
Future prospective partners also include local organizations that serve young women and minority students, both of which are under-represented in the aviation field.
ABOUT THE ACT
Our objective is to provide students with the vital knowledge and skills that will lead them to success in the aviation industry.
We are specifically seeking students of underserved populations and students who currently do not have an aerospace curriculum in their school.
A.C.T. Director / Aviation Operations Instructor
Erwin is a lifelong aviation enthusiast. He holds a B.S in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. After college he joined the USAF and became an Air Traffic Controller serving in Spain and Texas. In 1991 he continued his controller career in the FAA retiring from Indy ARTCC in 2017. He has been certified in tower, approach control and enroute centers.
He is also a certified aviation weather observer and UAS pilot. Since retirement he has worked as both an adjunct aviation professor at Ivy Tech and a Senior Aviation Training Analyst for various contractors.
President of Board of Directors
USAF, AGI, UASI
Mr. Tomey is a Private Pilot. He obtained a degree in Labor Relations from Indiana University. He is also the cofounder and founding President of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1354. He is the former director of Indiana Aerospace Senior High School. He is a retired manager of CSX Transportation Corporation.
Aircraft Engineering and Construction Lead
1st Lieutenant 101st Airborne, Certified Electrician, Experienced Aircraft builder, Co-Founder EAA Chapter 1354, Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech Community College.
Dr. Pingnan Shi
Technical Mathematics & 3D Printing Instructor
PhD Electrical Engineering, Masters in Mathematics, Author, Founder of Micro School
UAS Systems Instructor
Mr. French is a Senior Airport Planner for a civil engineering and design company. He has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Administration from Indiana State University and a Master of Public Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. Mr. French is also an active pilot holding private, instrument, and commercial flight certificates as well as a remote (UAS) pilot certificate.
Intro to Aviation Science Instructor
Mrs. Vaught has taught elementary and middle school for over 20 years and also worked at KHFY for almost two years. She started flying in 2009 and has earned her private pilot license with instrument rating, as well as her complex and tail-wheel endorsements. She is also an Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) and has taught Intro to Aviation specifically for the past 10 years.
Some of Mrs. Vaught's most interesting flying experiences are a seaplane lesson in Florid and piloting the Ford Trimotor around Greenwood area.
Rocketry & Launch Systems Instructor
Mr. Hill has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from Purdue University. He is a Private Pilot and the current President of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1354. Member of the National Rocket Association. He was a design engineer for National Semiconductor Corporation.
Creative Director | Website Manager
Wally is a Private Pilot pursuing his dream of becoming a professional pilot. He is also the founder and CEO of Drone Vision, a company focused on helping small businesses through creative direction. Drone Vision offers branding, graphic design, website design & management and marketing. During the day Wally is handling the day-to-day operations as an Assistant General Manager for a Hilton property and during the night studies for his additional ratings and licenses, while also managing a handful of clients.
MEET OUR TEAM
Take a minute to learn a bit about each one of our leadership staff. We are operating 100% completely by volunteers and we are grateful for each one of them and their contributions. Together, we are committed to providing the highest quality aviation education and helping our students achieve their dreams.