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Aviation and Aeronautics Academy

The JFK Redevelopment Aviation and Aeronautics Academy at York College (JFKR AAA) aims to expose local youth to science, technology, engineering, and math concepts related to aviation, aeronautics, and airport management, as well as to introduce them to leadership and career opportunities in the industry.

About us

In partnership with York College, the JFKR Aviation & Aeronautics Academy will provide approximately 700 students with aviation-related educational opportunities throughout the school year.

York College is strategically located between the two busiest airports (JFK and LaGuardia) and ready to leverage this unique opportunity to bring STEM outreach and aviation-industry related awareness to the community children and youths. Historically, York has been a long-standing highly effective, and demonstrated STEM provider since 1999 via NASA SEMAA and NASA MUREP. York has always enjoyed corporate support to expand the K1-12 STEM Program to the community by incorporating programming language, coding, cybersecurity, etc. The corporate partnerships involved AT&T, Con Edison, and National Grid. Being in southeast Queens, one of the most diverse boroughs in the nation, this new free STEM Program will fulfill one of the most important community needs - educate, train, retain local children and youths in aviation and ensure future workforce development.

K1-12 Session Information

Classes will be offered three times a year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Fall and Spring K1-12 sessions will be on four Saturdays (9am to 3pm). Four and six-week-long Summer classes will be Monday-Friday (9am to 3pm) for grades 6-12.

Fall 2023 Session starts on November 18, 2023 and ends on December 16, 2023 (Saturdays 9 am - 3 pm || No classes on November 25, 2023)

Due to the high volume of applications received, we have decided to close the application. However, there will be another session in Spring 2024, so students who were unable to participate in the Fall Session will have another opportunity to attend. We are confident that the program will provide our scholars with an excellent opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in aviation and aeronautics.


The JFK Redevelopment Aviation and Aeronautics Academy at York College recognizes the need to increase the number of women and minorities in the aviation industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 9.2% of all aircraft pilots and flight engineers were women, 95.7% were white, 2.6% were Black, 1.6 % were Asian, and 9.7% were Hispanic or Latino in 2022.

Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers Demographic

Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers Gender

Aviation Programs Available

York College

Queens, NY

The CUNY Aviation Institute also promotes high-quality research and academic exchange of ideas in the field of aviation and assists in the training of professional educators and researchers in this area. As an academic forum on education and research in the field of aviation, CUNY Aviation Institute acts as the center for a network of global partners comprising the private sector, educational institutions, international organizations, trade associations, governments and other bodies with interest in aviation management.

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Flushing, NY

At Vaughn College, our mission is to educate and train future leaders in the futureproof fields of engineering and technology, management and aviation.

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY

The mission of the Department of Aviation is to provide affordable, high quality, and cost-effective programs in Aeronautical Science and Aviation Administration that will enable graduates to obtain entry-level positions as professional pilots and aviation administrators.

JFKR Community Development Program

The Community Development Program initiatives are developed based on the goals of JFKR and the needs of the community, incorporating feedback and suggestions from the JFK Redevelopment Community Advisory Council and its Committees.

NASA MAA: K1-12 STEM Education Project

Through our previous SEMAA and current NASA MAA Program, we've served over 30,000 students since 1999. MAA conducted its vigorous outreach activities via hosting NASA MAA STEM events including Senator Leroy Comrie-hosted Family Resource Expo, CUNY Explorers - College Access for All Initiative, City Science Fair, Open houses, bringing Star lab to the community schools, Queens Public Libraries, Back to School Day, Summer Camp, 4-H Club, etc.

JFKR Newsletter

The JFK Redevelopment Newsletter contains interesting redevelopment information including program overviews, operational updates from around the airport, and highlights about community outreach efforts. The close collaboration and partnership in developing this newsletter is a testament to the JFK Redevelopment Program Team’s commitment to being communicative, transparent, and approachable. By sharing this information, we want to assure our stakeholders that the Redevelopment Program has assembled a strong team of the most skilled individuals charged with transforming JFK into a world-class gateway.

Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration is an operating model of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol is America’s premier public service organization for carrying out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. As the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAP’s vigilant citizen volunteers are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster, and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy, and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Media Publicity

JFK’s Terminal 6 on track for completion

June 29, 2023

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, via its JFK Redevelopment Program, held a community engagement meeting in Jamaica to update residents about the development of Terminal 6 last Wednesday.

JFK Airport Redevelopment Community Advisory Council Meets with community to discuss local opportunities

May 9, 2023

The Port, York College, and individual terminals are offering engaging STEM, retail concession initiatives, and educational development as paths to career success.

York Awarded $3 million for STEM Summer Program

October 16, 2019

JFK Redevelopment Partners Awards $3 Million in Support of York College’s STEM & Aviation Education for Community Youth

Governor Cuomo Announces Initial Jobs And Hiring Initiatives as Part of JFK Airport Redevelopment

October 16, 2019

A new science and technology education program for 300 local students in grades 1-12 in Queens to encourage them to seek out jobs in aviation; this program will be carried out through a local partnership with York College building on a successful prior STEM program.

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