Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy was founded by Zay and Tasha Collier in May of 2008. The Collier’s came to believe that knowledge is not something a learner passively absorbs, but something a learner actively engages. The Collier’s realized that aviation was the perfect playing field for motivating students because of its innate ability to expose them to so many disciplines. Aviation coupled with a dynamic, active learning environment, could ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and take learning to a whole new level.
Phoenix Arising is the first program of its kind in Central Texas. Through our out-of-school time programs, field trips, and summer camps, students experience a variety of activities that expose them to engineering through hands-on building and design projects, exploration, experiments, and virtual flight simulation. Students also explore physics, aerodynamics, applied mathematics and life and career skills. Our focus is not just aviation but also increasing confidence, collaboration among peers, problem solving skills, technology skills and knowledge of college and career preparation and opportunities. Phoenix Arising actively creates improved interest and attitudes in students towards STEM fields which increases the likelihood of graduation from high school, and pursuit of higher education.
Our mission, first and foremost, is to have a direct and positive impact to at-risk, low income and under-served students in the Austin area and beyond. We seek to inspire the next generation of engineers, technologists, scientists, and mathematicians through dynamic, experiential learning opportunities.
Phoenix Arising not only serves hundreds of economically disadvantaged students each year in the Austin Independent School District, but also welcomes students from every community and every socio-econmic status through summer camps. In addition Phoenix Arising offers a high quality adult flight training program with certified flight instructors, available at their state of the art training facility on Burnet Road in Austin, TX.