Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy

The ACE Academy provides unique summer aviation education programs for elementary, middle and high school students who are interested in aviation and aerospace. The program provides students with a wide range of aviation career exploration experiences and also focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

ACE academies reach 1,500–2,000 students each summer. These summer programs expose students to the following activities:

  • Lessons in flight planning, aviation history, and the physics of flight
  • Field trips to aviation-related sites
  • Instruction on aircraft design and maintenance
  • Flight simulations and, in some locations, flights in aircraft

Dates, locations, cost and age requirements vary according to sponsoring organizations.

ACE Academies are cosponsored by the FAA and various other host organizations. Our young men and women are our most valuable resource, and we are committed to continuing this exciting outreach program focused on creating the next generation of aerospace professionals.

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ACE Academy Highlights

students watching a fuel check on an airplanIn its 7th year, the ACE Academies held at Connecticut's Groton/New London Airport hosted a total of 25 students for 2 week-long programs filled with an array of aviation experiences. Continue story...
Capt. Stephanie Johnson provides the ACE Academy girls a tour of Delta's aircraftSince 1993, Detroit's ACE Academy at Wayne State University has sought to provide under-represented and under-served youth with aviation career education and to encourage students to pursue excellence and careers in aviation and aerospace science. Continue story...
Last updated: Wednesday, June 30, 2021