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about us

our mission

Honor the legacy of the documented original Tuskegee Airmen by:

1. Promoting the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen through community engagement in all our organizations activities.

2. Delivering dynamic youth aviation & mentor programs that impact youth from areas traditionally underrepresented in aviation & other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (s.t.e.m.) careers.

our evolution

The RedTail Flight Academy (RFA) is a Tuskegee Airmen-inspired program that aims to develop a pipeline for underrepresented people of color into the aviation sector by providing dynamic youth aviation & mentor programs. The 14 CFR Part 141 program will be primarily focused on the need to increase diversity within the aviation industry by offering scholarships to program entrants. Based at New York’s Stewart International Airport The RedTail Flight Academy is poised to be a world-class aviation academy.

The RedTail Flight Academy's dynamic team of aviation experts have created an opportunity for traditionally underserved communities to embark on a journey to become a part of the fast-growing market of Aviation which will lead to life-changing jobs and careers.

From Private Pilot to Commercial Multi-Engine training, you can count on the RedTail Flight Academy to provide a best-in-class solution to your aviation career training goals.

program architects

glendon fraser
Retired Lt. Col with United States AirForce. Immediate Past President MajorGeneral Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc, with extensive non-profit and leadership experience: National Youth Committee Member, Co-Founder Lee Archer Red Tail Youth Flying Program, Founded Chapter Endowment Fund, Co-Founded scholarship program.

Served as Assistant Chief Pilot United Airlines. Senior Line Check Airman with over 22,000 hours of global flight experience.

Graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
carlos rodriguez
Former senior executive with 18+ Years
of leading complex business operations,
supply chain optimization, continuous
improvement programs, and M & A

Extensive managerial experience as GM Argotech, Director Operation Harsco Infrastructure, Manager Global Logistics IBM. B.S.Mathematics / Operations Research, M.S. Industrial Administration Carnegie Mellon, Masters in Project Management - George Washington Univ.

Type rated in Turbojet aircraft and holds Advanced Flight Instructor certificates.
sheldon richards
Airline Transport Pilot with extensive
experience in FAR 141 and FAR 135
operations. Former Check Airman and
Program Manager with Lyon Aviation.

Experience in contracts, project
management and Structural Engineering
with Modjeski and Master Inc. B.S. in Civil Engineering Morgan State University.

FedEx First Officer – Holds Multiple Turbojet Type ratings and Advanced Flight Instructor certificates.

board members


Board of Directors

Gabriel Bastos
Board Member
Sierra Grimes
Board Member
Sheldon Richards
Board Member
Carlos Rodriguez
Executive Director
Richard Walsh
Board Member

safety first

Safety is the first priority in all our activities. We are committed to implementing, developing and improving strategies, management systems and processes to ensure that all our aviation activities uphold the highest level of safety performance and meet national and international standards.

View Our Safety Commitments

  1. Develop and embed a safety culture in all our aviation activities that recognizes the importance and value of effective aviation safety management and acknowledges at all times that safety is paramount.
  2. Clearly define for all staff their accountabilities and responsibilities for the development and delivery of aviation safety strategy and performance.
  3. Minimize the risks associated with aircraft operations to a point that is as low as reasonably practicable/achievable.
  4. Ensure that externally supplied systems and services that impact upon the safety of our operations meet appropriate safety standards.
  5. Actively develop and improve our safety processes to conform to world-class standards.
  6. Comply with and, wherever possible, exceed legislative and regulatory requirements and standards.
  7. Ensure that all staff are provided with adequate and appropriate aviation safety information and training, are competent in safety matters and are only allocated tasks commensurate with their skills.
  8. Ensure that sufficient skilled and trained resources are available to implement safety strategy and policy.
  9. Achieve the highest levels of safety standards and performance in all our aviation activities.
  10. Continually improve our safety performance.
  11. Conduct safety and management reviews and ensure that relevant action is taken.
  12. Conduct safety and management reviews and ensure that relevant action is taken.
  13. Ensure that the application of effective aviation safety management systems is integral to all our aviation activities, with the objective of achieving the highest levels of safety standards and performance.

got more questions?

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any program, mentoring or training question you might have.  Click the button to request more information about the RedTail Flight Academy.