Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Bob Hoover Academy


The mission of the Bob Hoover Academy is to catalyze transformative life experiences in aviation & education for at-risk & under-served teens.

The Big Idea

The Bob Hoover Academy wants to inspire more students to take control of their own future by learning to take control of an airplane.

BHA provides opportunities for teens to become more engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics (STEAM) education through various aspects of flight training. Bob Hoover is an aviation legend whose consistent message throughout his 94 years was “never give up”. BHA inspires students through aviation with events, classes, and scholarships for flight training. In 2016, the program began a partnership with the Monterey County Office Education (MCOE). The alternative education department created SAFE Flight – a career technical pathways track designed around aviation and the opportunities made available by the Bob Hoover Academy.

“I’m honored to have been a part of the first class along with Vanessa B. Together we have earned our flight time, accomplishing 40+ hours in flight training and ground school. We’ve become mentors for the new students and try our best to be positive role models. We’ve attended Hartnell College and become involved with the aviation and college community including an amazing trip to New York. There we met students from around the country who share a love for learning and aviation.
We also learned to support each other. We’re a family away from family and I’m grateful we’ve had amazing experiences that we will share and cherish for a lifetime.
It [graduation] would have been a difficult task without all of your expertise and assistance and for this you [BHA] have our endless gratitude.”

— Lily Reyes, Age 18, Salinas