HarBer High School Aviation Club

We are Har-Ber Aviation, the first public school in the state of Arkansas to offer pilot training as elective credit-bearing courses.  We are currently located at Springdale Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Arkansas, USA (36.18424°, -94.21275°).  Har-Ber Aviation includes 37 club members and 28 students enrolled in our first aviation course.  Our club was formed nearly 3 years ago and before COVID, our membership has increased each year.  Our membership features 2 students with their Private Pilot Licenses currently working on their instrument ratings and a former student that was the Arkansas Skills USA State Champion in Aviation Maintenance and Technology.  We are the first school in the state of Arkansas to adopt the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) High School Aviation Curriculum, which will prepare our students for the FAA General Knowledge Written Exam and the FAA Part 107 Drone Exam during their 2nd year.  When students reach their 3rd year in the aviation program, we will have our students explore job-shadowing, apprenticeships, and flight training opportunities at local airports while they are completing their required course work at school part-time.  This will allow us to help support the aviation and aerospace industries here at home, in our region, and beyond.

We are proud to partner with the Walton Family Foundation and the National Air & Space Museum to host the S.H.E. Can STEAM Summer Camp for middle school students to get them interested in exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math fields. https://airandspace.si.edu/shecan This summer camp targets women and minorities that remain underrepresented in the aerospace and aviation career fields.  Through our partners, we have acquired 15 Redbird TD2 Flight Simulators that both camp attendees and our current aviation students can use for the purpose of flight training. https://simulators.redbirdflight.com/products/td2

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We Need Your Support

The costs associated with our program include the cost of field trips here in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas.  One field trip costs up to $500.  That amount covers a bus, substitute teacher fee, fuel for the trip, and food for each student.  We do not have to pay for a bus driver because our advisor has a Commercial Driver’s License and will drive the students during the trip.  Redbird Flight offers a Guided Independent Flight Training (GIFT) program for $250 that gives one student a lifetime license to Private Pilot training activities on any available Redbird-compatible product. https://gift.redbirdflight.com/  For drone training the cost of a stable commercial drone, such as the DJI Mavic Air 2 with kit, is approximately $1000.  When a student passes their FAA General Knowledge Exam and is ready to begin flight training locally, we have flight schools in our area that offer this training to our students for approximately $10000.  

Sponsorships Available

$500 (Bronze)1 local, state, or regional field trip (OR)2 Redbird Guided Independent Flight Training (GIFT) lifetime licenses for 2 deserving studentsA small metal sign with company logo displayed on sponsorship wall in the aviation classroom.
$1000 (Silver)1 DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo Drone (OR)2 local, state, or regional field trips (OR)4 Redbird GIFT lifetime licensesA medium metal sign with company logo displayed on sponsorship wall.Logo featured on club t-shirts.
$2500 (Gold)2 DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo Drones (OR)5 local, state, or regional field trips (OR)10 Redbird GIFT lifetime licensesA large metal sign with company logo displayed on sponsorship wall.  Logo featured on both short and long-sleeved club t-shirts.
$5000 (Platinum)10 local, state, or regional field trips (OR)20 Redbird GIFT lifetime licenses (OR)Purchase of additional furniture & equipment for storage.Gold-level benefits plus company logo is featured in our social media as a Platinum Sponsor.
$10000 (Diamond) or above1 Private Pilot Flight Training Scholarship at a local flight school to a deserving student (OR)20 local, state, or regional field trips (OR)40 Redbird GIFT lifetime licenses (OR)Purchase of additional furniture & equipment for storage. Platinum-level benefits plus company logo to be featured on officer polo shirts, all banners, and signage.
One (1st) donation of $100000 or more (Titanium)10 Private Pilot Flight Training Scholarships at a local flight school to 10 deserving students or other suggested uses as requested by the donor.Naming rights of the club, company logo featured on all banners and signage, sponsorship wall will be renamed in honor of a person that you think is deserving.

Mail checks payable to Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation 409 N.Thompson, Springdale AR 72764 and note HBHS Aviation Club in the Memo line OR You can make your gift using our secure online giving with just a few clicks:

Please add HBHS Aviation Club name in the “Note” section as you process your Paypal gift.

Donations made here are tax deductible, and all funds will go directly to supporting the HBHS Aviation Club

Please direct all inquiries and questions to:

Jason McMullen
Har-Ber High School 
Aviation Club Sponsor
479-750-8777 – Office