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About Us

We are an all-volunteer group of people dedicated to promoting aviation education for underserved youth and furthering Willa B. Brown's life-long educational passion.

The Willa Brown Aviation Academy, INC. (WBAA) is a Madison, Wisconsin based non-profit (501c3) educational organization seeking to connect with Madison-area youth who would normally not be exposed to the various wonderful experiences and careers that aviation has to offer.

The WBAA has the following mission statement: 

The purpose and mission of the Willa Brown Aviation Academy is to instill confidence in underserved youth using aviation as a learning discipline.

Initially, our educational programming will be through Camp Willa, a one-week day camp held yearly, usually in the summer. The camp is aimed at Madison-area youth from underserved communities and youth of color ages 12-17. Our first camp will be held  August 16-20, 2021 at two airport locations: Dane County Regional Airport and Middleton Municipal Airport.

The five-day camp will consist of three days of academic ground instruction, tours of airport facilities, and guest speakers. Through this format, we will expose the attendees to potential career options they may not have ever considered before. At the most basic level, we hope to create lifelong aviation enthusiasts regardless of their life plans.

The last two days of camp are reserved for flight experiences. We will be partnering with a local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 93 to provide first flight experiences through the EAA’s Young Eagles program. This nearly 30-year-old program has offered over two million children a first flight experience.

Meet Our Staff

Sara Siddiqui

Instructor

Sara could be your next instructor. In what can be termed a blistering training schedule, Sara has earned mulitple certifications in a short period.

Now she is mentoring others as a newly authorized Certified Flight Instructor at Morey Aiplane Company in Middleton.

Emilie D'haseleer

Instructor

Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to become a pilot. 

Growing up in Belgium, in high school I made sure I was expanding my skills and my interest in the STEM field.

After high school, I worked on a strong educational foundation first. At the University of Leuven, I obtained my…

Austin-Kenneth "Skyscraper" Jackson III

Counselor

Like Willa Brown, Austin has been active in the Civil Air Patrol as a leader for most of his high school years as well as the U.S. Air Force ROTC.

This summer he is training with the Air Force and when he arrives at Camp Willa (no spoilers!) he will have a really cool story to tell.

Paul Temple

Volunteer

Paul is fascinated with the air up there. Not too long ago he earned his Private Pilot License and he hasn’t landed since.

When he is not flying he searches Trade-A-Plane (Craigslist for planes) for a plane he can call his own.

Paul also loves to share his passion with others and has been advising us behind the scenes.