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OBAP ACE Academy


City: Jackson, Mississippi

Date: July 20-24, 2024

Registration Ends: July 13, 2024

Meet the Team


Kimberly Farmer

Jackson ACE Academy Director
Knight Flight 101 - Director


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.

Note: Each academy's registration deadline is subject to change or close without notice based on location capacity. Don't wait! Register your student today.

Dates, Times and Location(s)


Students in our ACE Academy will:
    • Be introduced to aviation history
    • Learn the qualities of leadership
    • Receive introductory education on aerodynamics, aircraft structure, aviation weather and weather forecasts, and other aviation-related topics
  • Take virtual field trips to aviation-related facilities
    • Military base tour
    • Virtual maintenance Tour
  • OBAP Luke Weathers Flight Academy Tour
  • Fly a full-motion flight simulator, when available
  • Associate and work with other youth nationwide
  • Meet professionals from across the aviation and aerospace communities

Academy Cost

Payment must be made during online registration.

Students will need money only if they intend to purchase personal items and are responsible for keeping their own funds.

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)



July 20-24, 2024


Civil Air Patrol
1635 Airport Dr.
Jackson, MS 39209

July 20

800 Flight Simulator Training Hawkins Field
1200 Lunch
1300 FAA Presentation / Workshop

July 21

800 Journal Presentations
900 SOL Engineering Service Workshop
1200 Lunch
1300 Speaker
1400 Airport Operations

July 22

800 Journal Presentations
900 Speaker
1100 Lunch
1200 FAA Workshop

July 23

800 Field Trip Jackon Intl Airport
900 Airport Tour (TSA, Airlines, ATC)
1100 National Weather Service
1200 Lunch
1300 Mississippi State Capitol

July 24

800 Journal Presentations
900 Dress for Success
1200 Lunch
1300 Social Media Etiquette
1400 Rehersal for Awards Ceremony
1600 Awards Ceremony


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