For Immediate Release

July 7, 2003
Contact: Tandy Moore
Phone: (847) 294-8162

MINNEAPOLIS — Teenagers who are barely old enough to drive will have an opportunity to fly (and learn) next week in the skies of Minnesota.

Beginning July 13, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Minnesota Department of Transportation will co-sponsor a weeklong Aviation Career Education (ACE) camp at the Minnesota Air National Guard Base for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

ACE camps, which the FAA has supported in dozens of U.S. cities each summer since 1989, introduce high school and middle-school students to a variety of aviation-related careers, and teach them about the science and safety aspects of flight.

Two dozen Minneapolis-area high school students will participate in this month’s ACE camp. They will spend the week with aviation professionals from the FAA, Minnesota DOT, the Air Force Reserve the Minnesota Air National Guard, Northwest Airlines and other flight-related organizations.

Under the supervision of an FAA certified flight instructor, they will have an opportunity to co-pilot a single-engine aircraft, fly in a helicopter, and take the controls of a glider. The FAA also will sponsor a build-your-own hot air balloon competition, and host tours of its air traffic control tower and approach control facility at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

“The FAA supports ACE camps like this because we want our country’s youth to know that aviation is a fascinating and enriching career choice,” said Cecelia Hunziker, Regional Administrator for the FAA’s Great Lakes Region. “We also see these activities as a way of creating and maintaining the future safety of air travel by attracting the best people into the industry.”

The Minneapolis ACE camp will be held from July 13-19 at the Minnesota Air Guard Base on Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The ACE camp is supported by the following organizations:

  • Aero Systems Engineering
  • Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, Local 33
  • Champion Air
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • General E.W. Rawlings Chapter of the Air Force Association
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Minneapolis Chapter of Women in Aviation
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota Air Force Reserve, 934th Air Lift Wing
  • Minnesota Air National Guard
  • Minnesota Army National Guard
  • Minnesota Business Aircraft Association
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics
  • Minnesota Soaring Club
  • Minnesota State University, St. Cloud
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Pinnacle Airlines
  • Regent Aviation
  • Starbase Minnesota
  • 3M Company
  • The Tuskegee Airmen
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Wings, Inc.