ACE Academy Highlights Aviation, Careers Monday, April 08, 2013

Camps to be held in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Elizabeth City and Charlotte

RALEIGH – Middle and high school students will have the opportunity to learn more about aviation and aviation-related job opportunities at five Aviation Career Education academies that will be held across North Carolina this summer. The ACE camps are sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation and the North Carolina Airports Association.

“ACE camps provide an opportunity to introduce our youth to aviation careers while highlighting our state’s expanding aerospace industry,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary for Transit Richard Walls."

Students in seventh through ninth grades can attend the middle school ACE camps in Greensboro, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. High school camps will be held for students in grades 10-12 at Elizabeth City, Greensboro, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, while Charlotte will conduct a camp for rising fifth-through-seventh graders for the first time. A maximum of 30 students will be able to participate in most of the camps. Charlotte will have 12 spots open for each of its camps.

Students will learn about the theory of flight, aviation’s history, aircraft maintenance and new technologies. Attendees will study real world aviation applications, aviation principles such as thrust and vectoring, and aircraft construction. They also will have the opportunity to fly radio-controlled aircraft and work on aircraft model design projects, as well as take field trips to aviation industry businesses and have the opportunity to fly in an airplane.

Here is a list of this summer’s ACE camps:

Middle School Camps

  • Greensboro: June 10–14 at Guilford Technical Community College’s Aviation Center, 260 North Regional Road. Cost: $150 per student. For more information, contact Audrey Floyd at (336) 334-4822 ext. 59010 or via email at amfloyd@gtcc.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Raleigh: July 15–19 at Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Road. Cost: $150 per student. For more information, contact Mike Kelley at mkelleyatp@gmail.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Winston-Salem: June 17–21 at the Liberty Community Development Center, 1713 N. Liberty Street. Cost: $75 per student. For more information, contact lbrtycdc@bellsouth.net or call (336) 721-9020.

High School Camps

  • Elizabeth City: June 23- 28 at Elizabeth City State University (co-ed camp), 1704 Weeksville Road. July 14 –19 (female-only camp). Cost: $150 per student. Registrations for all-female camp will be accepted until June 6. For more information, contact Tangie Bonds at (252) 335-3443 or via email at aviation@mail.ecsu.edu.
  • Greensboro: June 10-14 at Guilford Technical Community College’s Aviation Center. Cost: $150 per student. For more information, contact Audrey Floyd at (336) 334-4822 ext. 59010 or via email at amfloyd@gtcc.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Raleigh: June 17–21 at Leesville Road High School. Cost: $150 per student. For more information, contact Mike Kelley at mkelleyatp@gmail.com.
  • Winston-Salem: June 24–28 at Liberty Community Development Center. Cost: $75 per student. For more information, contact lbrtycdc@bellsouth.net or (336) 721-9020.

Other ACE Camps:

  • Charlotte: Pilot’s Academy, June 17-21 for rising fifth- through seventh-graders at the Carolinas Aviation Museum (at Charlotte Douglas International Airport), 4672 First Flight Drive. The cost is $275 for museum members, $325 for non-members. For more information, go to www.discoveryplace.org/content/camps/pdfs/5.pdf (under Pilot’s Academy).
  • Charlotte: Ground School, July 15-19 for rising seventh- through ninth-graders at Discovery Place Museum, 301 N. Tryon St. The cost is $300 for museum members, $350 for non-members. For more information, go to www.discoveryplace.org/content/camps/pdfs/5.pdf (listed under Ground School for Aspiring Pilots).

For more information and applications, go to www.ncdot.gov/aviation/events/highlight/ace_camp.html or contact NCDOT Division of Aviation Safety and Education Specialist Tom Freeman at tfreeman@ncdot.gov or call This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (919) 814-0559.


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