For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 13-00
June 5, 2000
Contact: Debra Myers
Phone: (817) 222-5878

FORT WORTH, Texas – Some 30 Metroplex-area students ages 13 to 18 will get a flying start on an aviation career with the beginning of a free week-long Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy, June 6-10. Sponsors are the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP), The Vintage Flying Museum, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Tarrant County College, NW Campus.

Now in its ninth year in the Metroplex, ACE participants will experience a wide range of "hands-on" activities, including a behind-the-scenes look at DFW airport, Southwest Airlines dispatch and flight training facilities, DFW air traffic control tower, Delta Air Lines maintenance facilities, the Vintage Flying Museum, Galaxy Aerospace, and NAS Fort Worth. Academics will include history of aviation, principles of flight, and career planning. The week ends when students take to the skies during flight orientation rides.

"Nine years ago, FAA and OBAP sponsored the area's first ACE at Paul Quinn College. Since then, hundreds of area students have experienced the thrill of flight through ACE, and many are pursuing aviation careers," said Ruth Leverenz, Regional Administrator, FAA Southwest Region. "The ACE program's value is great enhanced by the participation of our many aviation community partners."

According to Leverenz, studies show the continued growth of the aerospace industry could be hampered by a severe shortage of trained aviation professionals if the aviation community doesn’t step in and reach out to young people.

Although the emphasis is on acquainting students with aviation careers, the important social and major economic role aviation plays in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be stressed. Aviation Career Education Academies are offered nationally to motivate youth and to increase underrepresented minority and female participation in aviation.

Note to Assignment Editors, Aviation, and Education Reporters: With local aviation as a rich backdrop, these activities are highly visual, featuring a diverse mix of presenters and tour facilities. Media interested in covering program activities should contact Debra Myers, FAA, at 817-222-5878 or Chuckie Hospers, Vintage Flying Museum, 817-624-1935.

Tuesday, June 6 at TCC, Bldg. B2, Optimum Room, Northwest Campus
9:15 a.m. Aviation Career Panel Discussion
12:45 p.m. Physics of flight-hands on airplane building
2:15 p.m. Tour TCC aviation technology department

Wednesday, June 7 Field Trips
8:30 a.m. Fort Worth NAS/Joint Reserve Base (301ST Fighters)
10:15 a.m. Lockheed Martin
1:00 p.m. Galaxy Aerospace – Alliance Airport

Thursday, June 8
9:30 a.m. Delta Air Lines Maintenance Operations
12:30 p.m. Ground School at TCC

Friday, June 9 Field Trips
8:30 a.m. Tour DFW Tower and TRACON
10:30 a.m. Tour Southwest Airlines (behind the scenes)

Saturday, June 10, Vintage Flying Museum, 505 NW 38th Street, Hangar 33 South
(Meacham Airport), Fort Worth (Phone 817-624-1935)

8:15 a.m. Flight briefing, airplane rides, aircraft tour, graduation