Upgrades for our Mission Training Aircraft

We have three "new to us" aircraft that need to be upgraded! By helping us raise $25,000 to replace the avionics system on one of these planes, you can ensure our students training for missionary and humanitarian work remain debt-free.

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Project Overview

The average student training for mission or humanitarian full-time service will graduate with anywhere between $100K-$200K of debt by the time they get their aircraft maintenance and Commercial pilot certification. At SOAR, we have developed a model that provides a way for our students to remain debt-free.

In order to train our students and help them remain debt-free, we use our fleet aircraft as part of their flight and maintenance training. We are in the process of changing over our fleet of aircraft from our current low-wing Piper aircraft to high-wing Cessna aircraft. As part of this project, we have acquired three “new” aircraft for our fleet.

With the vintage of aircraft we have acquired for training purposes, we need to bring the avionics into the 21st century. We will be working with a partner to purchase and install the new equipment at a savings of over $15,000.00 per aircraft, but each one will cost about $25,000 just for the suite of Garmin equipment.



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About Service Oriented Aviation Readiness (S.O.A.R.)

Service Oriented Aviation Readiness (S.O.A.R.), a 501(c)3 Missouri nonprofit corporation, is located in Bolivar, Mo., at the Bolivar Municipal Airport (M17). The primary purpose of SOAR is the training and education of aviation mechanics and pilots for mission and humanitarian aviation. Through its curriculum, programs and supervised-experience training, students are prepared and qualified for the progression of testing and certifications. A distinctive attribute of SOAR is that the organization leverages an energized local pilot population and community engaged at a municipal airport to help our students continue a “pay-it-forward” philosophy through which many of the previous generation of pilots were taught to fly.

There are several members of the local community, both directly and indirectly associated with SOAR, who are invested in teaching the next generation of pilots to fly. Just like these pilots were mentored and trained in years gone by, they are interested in making that same investment in others today. After training, students are prepared to apply their skills for full-time mission or humanitarian aviation through a mission agency. 

Service Oriented Aviation Readiness (S.O.A.R.)


Bolivar, Missouri