For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 16-02
June 6, 2002
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — Some 40 Dallas and Fort Worth-area students ages 14 to 18 will get a behind-the-scenes look at aviation careers with the beginning of a free week-long Aviation Career Education (ACE) academy, June 11-15. Sponsors are the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP), The Vintage Flying Museum, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Delta Air Lines and the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees.

Now in its eleventh year in the Metroplex, ACE participants will experience a wide range of “hands-on” activities, including at: D/FW air traffic control tower, Delta Air Lines maintenance facilities, the Vintage Flying Museum, American Airlines, Lockheed Martin, 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.

“Eleven years ago, FAA and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots sponsored the area’s first ACE academy 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 greatly enhanced by the participation of our many aviation community partners.”

According to Leverenz, the emphasis is on acquainting students with aviation careers, but the important social and major economic role aviation plays in the Dallas and 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.