Flight Club Aerospace is a group of young engineers, designers, and community organizers from various high schools around the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout the past few months, Flight Club has been working to design and build an ultralight aircraft from scratch in compliance with the FAA’s Part 103 specifications. Sparked by a spontaneous lunchtime proposition, Flight Club Aerospace quickly grew to a full-fledged project with fifteen dedicated team members. This upcoming Fall, we plan on becoming the first-ever student-led aerospace team to design and fly their own ultralight aircraft.

 

       Not only do we hope to gain insight into the field of aerospace engineering and team management,  but we also hope to gain experience in reaching out to a multitude of local organizations and industry experts for professional and safety advice. With our newfound knowledge, we aim to pioneer student accessibility to an aerospace engineering curriculum, providing resources and knowledge to leave behind an educational legacy to help other students for years to come.

 

       In addition to constructing an airplane, we will publish an engineering notebook detailing our design process, struggles, technical specifications, and drawings. We hope these resources can be useful references for any future students or aerospace enthusiasts looking to follow in our footsteps and take flight. For more information and weekly updates, check out our blog page.

MISSION

Created by students for students, Flight Club Aerospace inspires and empowers creative individuals to pursue their passion for aviation. We will deliver an accessible curriculum centered around aircraft design that will hold a long-lasting educational impact and provide knowledge, community, and resources for the next generation.In addition to constructing an airplane, we will publish an engineering notebook detailing our design process, struggles, technical specifications, and drawings. We hope these resources can be useful references for any future students or aerospace enthusiasts looking to follow in our footsteps and take flight. For more information and weekly updates, check out our blog page.

GOALS

Flight Club Aerospace strives to create an ultralight aircraft while establishing a strong community where all members can challenge themselves to develop new skills and gain unique experiences. We aim to give back to the community through an accessible curriculum that fulfills our mission of fostering a passion for aerospace engineering.

VALUES

  • Community

    • Give back to the field of aviation, and build a close-knit team in the process

  • Opportunity
    • Provide access to aerospace education and resources for individuals who otherwise would not have access to it

  • Innovation
    • Push the boundaries of ultralight aviation and create an all-in-one course to empower aspiring aerospace engineers

  • Vision
    • Develop technology to make aviation more sustainable and accessible

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Maya Ayoub

Technical President

Aragon High School

I joined this team because I love the idea of high schoolers pushing the boundaries of engineering, while creating opportunities to explore aerospace. The open environment of this team allows us to learn about almost every STEM which has made me feel more connected to people and confident in the field. I’m impressed by everyone’s passion to give back to the community too through our outreach programs and I feel very lucky to be here 🙂 Goooooo Flight Club!

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Dylan Bronchini - Rose​

Design

Lick-Wilmerding High School​

3D modelling and engineering always interested me but I hadn’t applied them much to anything incredibly useful. Rudy was my peer mentor when I started freshman year and introduced me to FCA. It’s been awesome designing stuff throughout the year and I can’t wait to keep fabricating and eventually see the fruits of our labor. Some of my hobbies include 3D printing, video games, anime, and running D&D.

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Jasmine Cheng

Design & Electrical

Burlingame High School

I was introduced to FCA through an upperclassman (Aaron Becker) on my robotics team and found out that this is a way I can gain more experience in engineering, both hands-on and designing.  I discovered how much I enjoyed engineering and plan to actually major in engineering in the future. So, I instantly applied not only to gain more experience but to explore engineering more and have lots of fun doing so, and I no regrets.

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Alexandra Ding

Design Co-Lead & Physics Member

Aragon High School

I first heard about FCA through Maya, and I was completely blown away by the scale and ambition of the project.  I’ve always loved STEM and engineering, so joining the team was a no-brainer — where else would I get this opportunity?  We’ve had some setbacks during my time on the team, but we’ve been pulling through, and I have high hopes for the future.  Go Flight Club!

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Jessica Dong

Design, Finance, and Marketing

Burlingame High School

I spent a summer at Emory University studying finance and working on mock marketing campaigns, so I’m excited to finally apply my skills to a real-world project! I’m eager to work with this team to pull together a phenomenal final project!

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Matt Gibson

Physics Lead

Lick-Wilmerding High School​

Hi I’m Matt! I’ve loved things like trains, planes, and cars for as long as I can remember. I am also interested in renewable energy. So when we came up with the idea of an electric airplane, it checked all the boxes. Being a part of this project is teaching me more than I ever thought could be possible and I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish.

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Bruno Kai - Ong

Finance Lead & Design

Lick-Wilmerding High School​

I have always been a maker and a builder, so I was immediately drawn to Flight Club’s hands-on design, building, and engineering process. Through Flight Club, I have gained invaluable experience on the many angles of work involving a large-scale design project. Outside of Flight Club, I run cross country and track, paint, and work at a bookstore.

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Kenzo Lam

Marketing, Outreach, and Finance

Aragon High School

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I have always loved to learn and try new things and new activities, so I signed up for aerospace because I was interested in a few of the departments. I am excited to do my best in aerospace!

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Sheelyn Pharr

Design, Physics & Electrical

Lick-Wilmerding High School​

I have always loved making things, from drawing and painting to learning 3D modeling and building different projects around my home. In my free time I also really love cooking and baking, as well as rowing crew at Lake Merced. I have learned so much from this team already, and I cannot wait for everything we will do in the future!

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Agastya Raghavan

Design, Software, Outreach & Electrical

Aragon High School

I’ve always enjoyed designing and building machines of any kind, so the idea of building a plane absolutely blew me away and I signed up for FCA immediately. While there are undoubtedly challenges anyone will face when they embark on a project of this scale, it’s been a blast ever since I joined and I can’t wait to see where we go next! In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, bass, and ukulele, as well as reading, video games, and history.

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Mark Roberts

Design Co-Lead

Lick-Wilmerding High School​

I joined Flight Club Aerospace because I have been interested in engineering for as long as I can remember. I have always loved to build things but never knew what type of engineering I liked the most. I have a small shop in my garage yet some of my favorite projects have been electrical engineering based. I thought it would be a great way to get into the aerospace community and learn a lot in the process. My favorite part about Flight Club is being able to learn from other people as well as teaching people what I know.
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Harish Selvakumar

Software Lead

Aragon High School

For as long as I’ve existed, I’ve always had  an interest in anything that flies, and FCA has been a large part of my life, allowing me to use my passions to build something very very cool. The community, the experience, the knowledge gained, and even the mistakes made, are all vital parts of my day to day life. I hope to apply my love for software, design, and aviation and be part of this wonderful group for the years to come.

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Kyle Young

Design, Finance & Electrical

Urban High School​

Majoring in engineering has always been an aspiration of mine, as I enjoy building things along with learning how technology and everyday trinkets work. I joined Flight Club in the pursuit of furthering my knowledge in the world of STEAM. Along with my passion for engineering, I enjoy math, baseball, volleyball, and attempting to learn CAD and python. I hope to learn more in the future, and see where our work goes!!!

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Keaton Zon

Communications (Marketing & Outreach) Lead, Fabrication, & Design

Lick-Wilmerding High School​

I wanted to join this team because I enjoy working alongside others to turn an idea into reality. From a young age, I’ve been passionate about mechanics and the design process, even to the point of building an electric go-kart. I have enjoyed challenging myself through projects and overcoming obstacles. When I heard of this ambitious project, I was amazed by the amount of dedication. I had to join, and cannot wait to see what this team will accomplish!

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Leah Hawkins

Marketing, Outreach, and Finance

Aragon High School

I’ve always been interested in applying marketing and outreach skills to specific environments that I’m passionate about. Flight Club seemed like a great chance to be able to learn new things, meet new people, and enhance my abilities!

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Kiran Swami

Software and Electrical

Aragon High School

I joined the flight club because I’ve always wanted to build a plane and I’ve always been interested in aeronautics. I heard about the flight club from a friend, I was really interested in joining it and wanted to help out. I’m in the software/electrical sub team, and being in this team has already helped me to learn new things and practice what I know.

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Jonathan Gerzanics

Design, Electrical, and Software

Aragon High School

I always liked to design and make things, so the flight club I was making was designing an aeroplane I joined in a heartbeat. I’m excited to learn more about electrical engineering, and the mechanics of how a plane works.

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Gabriel Weisbrich

Design, Electrical, and Software

Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA)

As a person who loves aviation as a whole, when I first heard about FCA I knew I had to join. I want to pursue aerospace engineering for the rest of my life, and FCA is a great opportunity to become familiar with the concepts and strengthen my skills before university. What excites me the most about this group is that I will be working with and learning from other highschoolers who are just as passionate about aviation as I am.

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Jorell Sakamoto

Design, Electrical, and Software

Aragon High School

Aerospace engineering and overall sciences are a part one of the biggest dreams that humankind has created. Being part of that is what I wanted, so this is why I’m here! Perhaps the dreams of flight inspired me, too. P.S Space, astronomy, and aeronautics are the best kind of science t. Change my mind.

 
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Halan Tran

Software

Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA)

FCA caught my eye because of its inspiring opportunities that incorporate several technical aspects that all come together to create an aircraft. I currently aim to pursue a career in software engineering, and hope to further develop and apply my computer science skills with hands-on experience. Learning more about aerospace and the details of how it all works is exciting!

 
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Nicholas Ke

Design, Electrical, and Software

Aragon High School

Aerospace has always been something that I’ve been interested in. Being able to work on this project will allow me to contribute to an exciting project and learn new things!

 
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Kazuya Miyata

Software

Aragon High School

The thing about FCA that was distinctive in comparison to other orgs is that it is a student- led movement that seeks to inspire those who have interest in Aerospace and STEM, and  to put that passion into something more tangible, which I thought was a key factor in catching my eye as an opportunity.