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Aviation is exciting! Many educators have discovered the powerful learning effects that aviation has on students: The excitement of aviation motivates them to learn and participate more actively in their education. Aviation is rewarding! Air transportation offers a great future for those interested in the challenges of tomorrow. Aviation is demanding! It demands of its workers technical excellence, the ability to think, to communicate and to perform in a fast-paced environment. The Bureau's Aviation Education Program is part of an effort to plan for the challenges of tomorrow's air transportation systems. To prepare for the future, we help educators prepare young people to become the next generation of aviation practitioners.

MONDAY, NOV. 30, 2020 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Jeff Rapsis (603) 236-9237

LONDONDERRY, N.H. Jack Barry is working long hours to get a student project off the ground literally. As manager of a student airplane-building program at the Manchester (N.H.) School of Technology, Barry puts in five days a week overseeing a team building a two-seat RV-12iS light sport aircraft. Although the Bedford resident doesn't do it for recognition, Barry's efforts recently netted him an 'Outstanding Volunteer Service Award' from VolunteerNH, a statewide volunteer advocacy organization. Barry's award, the top honor in the "Senior" category of age 65 or older, will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 9 in a virtual event live-streamed from the stage of the Bank of NH auditorium in Concord, N.H.

The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free to all; info on joining the livestream will be posted on

Barry, 72, is a long-time volunteer with the Aviation Museum of N.H., a non-profit historical and educational organization based at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry, N.H. Two years ago, when the museum embarked on a student plane-building partnership, Barry signed on as volunteer day-to-day build manager. The plane-building project is part of the manufacturing/engineering curriculum at the Manchester School of Technology, a public high school within the Manchester School District. With over five decades of experience in aviation and education, Barry was the right person for the job. His career has ranged from crewing helicopters during the Vietnam War to starting the aviation education program at Nashua Community College. A native of East Derry, Barry is one of a handful of New Hampshire residents to receive the FAA's "Charles H. Taylor Master Mechanic Award" for 50 years of service as a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic. Barry, who is also a licensed FAA inspector, oversees students working on the aircraft. Upon completion and certification, the airplane will be sold on the open market to fund future airplane builds at the Manchester School of Technology, which enrolls students from Manchester as well as Bedford, Goffstown, Londonderry, and other area towns. Barry also coordinates a team of about two dozen volunteer mentors who are on hand in the workshop to guide students in the assembly process. Barry typically puts in five days a week managing the plane-building project, which is designed to give students a hands-on experience that takes STEM learning out of the classroom and puts it to use in the workshop. Even when schools closed for Covid-19 in spring 2020, Barry kept the team of mentors and students engaged. Work restarted in July 2020, and will soon move to dedicated workshop space the school recently built. "If not for Jack, we really wouldn't have been able to get this program going the way we have," said Robert M. Hough, past president of the Aviation Museum's Board of Directors.

The Spirit of NH Awards is an annual recognition event where nominated individuals and groups are honored for their exemplary volunteerism, and businesses and nonprofit/public service organizations are celebrated for their promotion of volunteer service initiatives. The Aviation Museum, a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization based in the 1937 art deco passenger terminal at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, is dedicated to preserving the Granite State's rich aviation past, and also inspiring today's students to become the aviation pioneers of tomorrow. The Aviation Museum is located at 27 Navigator Road, off Harvey Road, in Londonderry, N.H.

For more information, visit or call (603) 669-4820. Follow the Aviation Museum on social media at



Looking for a fun competition for kids (k-12)? How about learning how to build an airport? See flyer.

Students will learn about different types of airports and choose a local airport to study. The student will then use Microsoft Minecraft to virtually build their airport. Students will work with FAA staff who specialize in specific areas of the airport each week. For more information or to enroll, please visit the link Airport Design Challenge.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Danielle R. Plant
Aeronautics Program Supervisor or (603) 271-1094


Aviation Museum of New Hampshire
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire welcomes everyone with an interest in learning more about New Hampshire's exciting aviation history. The Aviation Museum is New Hampshire's only working museum devoted to aviation history in the Granite State. Their mission is to preserve New Hampshire aviation history through dynamic and hands-on exhibits and programs. The museum offers a unique cultural experience that inspires aviation enthusiasm in people of all ages. Click AMNH Aviation Education for a sampling of classes being offered. For more information about the museum, please visit:

Out-Of-The-Blue Scholarship Foundation
Financial assistance to Private Pilot License candidates based upon an applicant’s merit, performance and financial need. For more information, please visit:


2021 International Aviation Art Contest

Each year, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation's Bureau of Aeronautics sponsors the Aviation Art Contest to engage young people in aviation and aeronautics in the state. The annual contest offers all children who live in or attend school in NH the chance to explore different aspects of aviation.

It was a difficult decision but the NHDOT, Bureau of Aeronautics has decided not to participate in this year’s (2021) NASAO International Aviation Art Contest because of COVID-19 and not being able to reach students like in years past. We are committed to participate in 2022!

If you have any questions, please contact:
Danielle R. Plant, Aeronautics Program Supervisor or (603) 271-1094


2019 International Aviation Art Contest
The theme of the 2019 International Aviation Art Contest was "My Dream to Fly". All submissions were judged based on the creative use of the theme as it relates to aviation and space. Any child between the ages of 6 to 17 had the chance to be nationally – and even internationally - recognized for their aviation art work if chosen to compete.

2019 Contest Results
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation's Bureau of Aeronautics is pleased to announce the New Hampshire winners of its statewide 2019 Aviation Art Contest. The winning artwork was sent to Washington, D.C. to be judged nationally. The New Hampshire state winners are:

Group I Age 6-9
Group II Age 10-14
Group III Age 15-17
First Place:
Amelia Bonafede
First Place:
Lucia Bonafede

There were no entries
in this Group

Second Place:
Sylvia Bonafede
Second Place:
Precious Destiny Simpson

The following are just a few of our sponsors:

  • National Aeronautic Association
  • National Association of State Aviation Officials
  • National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Federation Aeronautique Internationale

Aviation Education Links
Internet sites with more information and aviation education resources.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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