Embry-Riddle, Kiddie Hawk Air Academy/Living Legends of Aviation Announce Partnership at Oshkosh

The partnership with the university expands Kiddie Hawk's outreach via programs within the university's STEM Academy, summer camp opportunities for school-age children, and university and KHAA volunteers and staff coordinating as mentors.

Kiddie Hawk Air Academy and the ‘Living Legends of Aviation’ are extremely excited to be partnering with such an amazing educational institution as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,” said the nonprofit’s Executive Director Stacey Elsner. “I have had several conversations with our Legends regarding this partnership and every one of them has expressed their support and excitement for the potential that this partnership will create.  This partnership gives Kiddie Hawk, Legends and Embry-Riddle the ability to have a substantial impact on today's youth to create the Legends of tomorrow through inspiration and education."

Kiddie Hawk is displaying in this year’s Oshkosh in the KidVenture area at D7 with its airplane Trainers, kinetic motion flight simulators specially designed for children, as well as the newest addition to their fleet, the Kiddie Kopter. Also at the display is the “Legends and Guests” stage where aviation Legends and special guests will be on-hand throughout the week to answer questions, offer mentor and informational forums for children (schedule available in EAA Daily). Embry-Riddle’s tent at Oshkosh in the Education and Interactive Zone includes aircraft from its training fleets at both its residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz.

About Embry-Riddle

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.

About Kiddie Hawk Air Academy/Living Legends of Aviation Awards

Founded by aeronautical engineer and pilot William “Bill” Marcy in 1996 the goal of the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy is to introduce children to aviation by incorporating the Trainer, a kinetic motion flight simulator specially designed for youth, and a curriculum that includes aviation mechanics, history and career opportunities. The goal of the program is to spark a passion as well as develop a sense of appreciation and interest in aviation that will carry on into their adult years. With this, KHAA also strives to inspire kids to achieve academic excellence in order to enter into aviation-related careers. In 2008 the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy assumed the production of the “Living Legends of Aviation” Awards Gala each year as its annual fundraiser. Past winners of the awards include Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Sully Sullenberger, Sir Richard Branson, John Travolta, Harrison Ford and Morgan Freeman, who in his acceptance speech called the award “the Academy Award of Aviation.”  For more information on KHAA, visit Kiddiehawkairacademy.org. For more on Living Legends of Aviation, go to livinglegendsofaviation.org and follow the Legends on Twitter (@AviationAwards)‎.

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