Ready to Soar

by Ayinde Chism

Ayinde Chism was born in San Francisco, California where his interest in aviation and engineering developed. At a young age, Ayinde was always interested in how things worked, often taking apart his toys and putting them back together. This influenced him to begin focusing on Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) related subjects. His love for aviation came from an early exposure to air shows during Fleet Week in San Francisco. The complex performances put on by the Blue Angels left him awestruck and he could only dream about one day performing the same aerobatic maneuvers in front of large crowds. Ayinde began attending Tuskegee University as an Aerospace Science Engineering Major in the fall of 2016.

In December 2016, Ayinde flew his first discovery flight, he enjoyed himself so much that he began his flight training the following summer break. His summers would often consist of him working during the day, and after work he would travel to Palo Alto Airport for his flying lesson. He would use his summer earnings to pay for his flight training, but because he attended college all the way in Alabama, he was limited to only flying during the breaks while he was at home. Despite this disadvantage, Ayinde managed to log 19 hours and receive a pilot slot for the Air Force prior to becoming a member of Red Tail Scholarship Foundation in the spring of 2017.

Ayinde received his Private Pilot’s License November 25, 2019 and graduated from the illustrious Tuskegee University May 2020. During his time at Tuskegee, he was an active participant in several extracurricular activities including ROTC, cross country, track, Bridge Builder’s Program, Sigma Alpha Pi (National Society of Leadership and Success), Bioethics Honor Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Ayinde also served as membership/programs chair for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Area-Region Chief of Protocol for Arnold Air Society (AAS). He also had the privilege to work under the former head of the Physics’ Department conducting research on ‘A New Equation for Predicting Thermal Conductivity in Intrinsic Semi-conductors’; he presented their work at the 95th Annual Alabama Academy of Science. Both the  He is currently planning to finish his second degree in Physics, in addition he works part time for the Parks and Recreation Department of San Francisco as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, while simultaneously preparing to go to the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot training, which will transpire in 2021.