Charlotte ACE Camp Highlights Aviation, Careers Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Camps to be held at Carolinas Aviation Museum, Discovery Place in June, July

RALEIGH – There is still time for students in the Charlotte area to learn about aviation at Aviation Career Education camps, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation and the North Carolina Airports Association.

As many as 12 rising fifth- through seventh-graders can attend the Pilot’s Academy June 17-21 at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The cost is $275 for museum members, $325 for non-members.

Students will engage in activities to help provide an understanding of the basic principles and history of flight. They will be able to view more than 20 real aircraft, from helicopters to an F-4 Phantom jet, listen to air traffic controllers communicate with the pilots, as well as learn how to pre-flight an airplane, a crucial step in the preparation of aircraft operations.

There will also be 12 spots available for the Ground School camp July 15-19 for rising seventh- through ninth-graders at Discovery Place on 301 N. Tryon St. This camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $300 for museum members, $350 for non-members.

This camp is designed to meet the needs of young people who may desire to earn their private pilot’s license, Campers will be introduced to the basic science knowledge and skills covered by the FAA Private Pilot Test. Topics will include aeronautics, navigation, weather, aircraft systems, air traffic control and federal aviation regulations.

For information about the June camp, click here and look under Pilots Academy. For information on the July camp, click here and check under Ground School for Aspiring Pilots.

For more information, call Discovery Place at (800) 935-0553 or (704) 372-6261 ext. 300 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You also can contact NCDOT Division of Aviation Safety and Education Specialist Tom Freeman at (919) 814-0559 at


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