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OBAP ACE Academy


City: Dover, Delaware

Date: June 20-24, 2022

Registration is now closed.

Meet the Team


Yoki Johnson

Dover ACE Academy Director
OBAP Executive Assistant

Bernard Alexis

Dover ACE Academy Assistant Director

Celebrating our Sponsors

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Our ACE Academy is designed to expose youths to the wide variety of career opportunities in aviation and aerospace. Our program offers students a hands-on experience of learning the aviation history, fundamentals of aerodynamics, the role of government in aviation and the many careers available in the aerospace field.

The ACE Academy is a multi-day event for middle and high school students that have a general interest in learning about aviation. The goal of ACE Academy is to expose students to the many different careers in aviation. We also aim to show them the practical application of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. By the end of the program, we hope that the participants will have a wider horizon of the many career opportunities available to them. We challenge our students to strive for excellence.

Admission Requirements

Admission is offered to boys and girls ages 14 to 18 years old who have an interest in learning about aviation. Applicants are competitively ranked based on age, and cumulative GPA.

Students must be physically capable of participating in all activities. High standards of behavior and self-discipline are expected and students must abide by all academy regulations. If you have any questions, please contact your ACE Academy Director.

Application Process

Applications must be received by the deadline noted above to be considered. Because capacity is limited, only completed applications will be considered.

Incomplete registrations will not be considered for admission and all documents will be discarded.


Students will experience various aspects of aviation through classroom instruction, experiments, and field trips. The highlight of the week is the small aircraft flight. Below is our current schedule for 2022. (subject to minor changes)



June 20-24, 2022


Delaware State University - DSU & Delaware Airpark
1200 N DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901

6/19/22 2:00 PM Parent/Guardian Brief (Adults Only) Zoom
6/20/22 8:00 - 8:15 AM Leadership Team Wipe down student areas & place folders
8:15 - 8:30 AM Daily Health Temperature Check / Student Arrival Check-in
8:30 - 9:05 AM General Covid19/Safety Brief/ Conflict Resolution/ Anti-Bullying Welcome Instructors/Team Introduction/Ice Breaker Exercise: Name memory Game (Yoki Johnson)
9:10 - 10:10 AM History of Flight/Pioneers in Aviation Brief (Austin Tilton)
10:10 - 10:40 AM Aerodynamics of Flight/Flight Controls - (DSU Student Raysean Marin)
10:40 - 11:00 AM Break/Sanitize
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch (Chick-fil-A include volunteers: Raysean/Austin
12:00 - 12:10 PM Sanitize
12:10 - 12:40 PM Flight Controls/Aircraft Components Continued - (DSU Student Raysean Marin)
12:40 - 1:10 PM Phonetic Alphabet/FAA Signage and Airport Markings - (Austin Tilton)
1:10 - 2:10 PM Aerospace Careers & Scholarships & Confirm Student Membership (Yoki Johnson)
2:10 - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 - 3:15 PM Group Exercise – Review/Team Game (Austin & Yoki
3:15 - 3:30 PM Sanitize / Daily Wrap-up and Dismissal
6/21/22 8:00 - 8:15 AM Leadership Team Wipe down student areas & place folders
8:15 - 9:00 AM Daily Health Temperature Check / Student Arrival Checkin
9:00 - 9:30 AM Review Primary Parts of the airplane (Blake Steven/Raysean Marin – DSU CFI)
9:30 - 10:00 AM Review Forces of Flight & ATC Roles & Traffic Patterns (on the airport ground & in the air) (Blake Steven/Raysean Marin – DSU CFI)
10:00 - 11:00 AM Signage and Markings/Airport (Matt Baynes)
11:00 - 11:10 AM Break/Sanitize
11:10 AM - 12:10 PM Lunch – Chick-fil-A
12:10 - 12:20 PM Sanitize
12:20 - 1:20 PM Scholarship Homework & Aviation/Aerospace Game Review (Yoki Johnson)
1:20 - 1:30 PM Break
1:30 - 2:30 PM How to Build a Marshmallow Tower Challenge (Yoki Johnson)
6/22/22 8:00 - 8:30 AM Student arrival time/Admin.
8:30 - 8:45 AM Board the Van & Depart to AMC Museum parking Lot
3:00 - 3:30 PM Return to DSU for Parent Pickup
6/23/22 8:00 - 8:30 AM Student Arrival Time/Admin.
8:30 - 9:00 AM Aircraft Preflight Calls - (DSU CFI Blake Steven Raysean Marin)
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM Student Discovery Flights
12:15 - 12:30 PM Travel Back to Campus
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch/Sanitize
1:30 - 2:30 PM Review Games/Challenges
2:30 3:00 PM Leadership Discussion
3:15 PM Awards & Graduation & Dismissal


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