For those of us traveling by air in recent months, the nationwide shortage of aviation and aerospace professionals has perhaps hit home as we dealt with canceled or delayed flights or felt other impacts. As industry experts reveal, the shortage of pilots, aircraft mechanics, maintenance technicians and other personnel has been a long-term challenge, one exacerbated by the pandemic and its impacts.

The Inspire Aviation Foundation is motivating and preparing tomorrow’s aerospace leaders through engaging real-world experiences today. Through ASPIRE (Aerospace STEAM Program Inspiring through Real-world Experiences), the foundation is creating an environment where students are excited to learn and their imagination takes flight. ASPIRE enables students to immerse themselves in the action by solving problems along with the heroes in the stories, all the while students will expand their vocabulary, improve critical thinking, and practice crucial brainstorming and teamwork skills, as well as get a glimpse of future career opportunities. Students, ages one to one-hundred, engage in an adventure and access opportunities that will make dream careers obtainable for anyone willing to work and learn from them.

On Friday, September 23rd, Inspire Aviation Foundation’s Board Chair Moreno Aguiari, along with board members Rich DeAugustinis and Ed Nelson, joined MAX to discuss efforts underway and plans for the future as they, along with partners, work to inspire youth to dream big.


Launched in 2014, the mission of MAX is to advance economic competitiveness in the Atlanta region by strengthening connections, collaborations, and practices among workforce developers and organizations engaged in workforce development.

Through our webinar series, MAX Minutes, MAX seeks to bring timely insights to providers, intermediaries, and other partners in workforce. MAX Minutes features talks by key experts in the Atlanta region and beyond on important workforce matters. For more information, visit

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