Eagles Nest Projects is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization inspiring future aviators. ENP provides in-classroom aircraft building programs, and gives free flight training to the graduate builders in the finished aircraft.* Projects use the Van's RV-12 all-metal Light Sport Aircraft. ENP is managed and staffed by volunteers.
ENP began in 2010 in Jennings County High School, North Vernon, Indiana. It was founded by Bob Kelly. It has grown from an after-school activity, to being accredited for both HS and college credit. It has become a nation-wide program.
The mission is two-fold: First, to encourage students to pursue careers in aviation. Building the plane teaches teamwork, leadership, craftsmanship, and pride, important traits in any field. We define pride as Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. Secondly, since not all will become aviation professionals, we want all to achieve a full, rich life, with aviation as a part. We attempt to encourage personal growth on many levels.
By challenging the student with a seemingly unreachable goal, and inspiring them to meet that challenge, ENP creates an atmosphere of learning. The seriousness of the task encourages concentration, and the determination to do high-quality work
Beyond the basic skills necessary for the project, we strive to build students with character, confidence, and determination. To these ends, we encourage public speaking, writing, and interaction with inspirational people. Our product is not the airplane, but the students that build it. The airplane becomes a reminder to the accomplishment. A secondary goal is to provide a significant percentage of the students with a pilot's license, starting them on either a fine career path, or a life of flying enjoyment.
We encourage you to organize a project, mentor a team, or support our efforts. We will provide the support and training to get you started, and financial support can make it all happen. We accept donations of flying aircraft and other marketable items, as well as cash. If you are looking for a flying RV-12, we may be able to provide one completed by one of our schools. Contact us.
* Students who actively and faithfully participate in the program through completion of an Eagle's Nest Project are eligible to receive 20 hours of dual flight instruction free of charge, providing they keep up their grades and meet FAA requirements. Details available upon request.