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OBAP ACE Academy


Date: June 18-24, 2022

Registration Ends: June 10, 2022



Ace Academy @

Meet the Team


Ray Robinson

Louisville ACE Academy Director
Captain - UPS

Celebrating our Sponsors



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 from 12 to 15 years old who have an interest in learning about aviation. Applicants are competitively-ranked based on age, cumulative GPA, and essay.

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.


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 field trips to aviation-related facilities including:
    • Military base tour
    • Maintenance hangars
    • Airport operations
  • 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)


June 18-24, 2022

6/18/22 9:30 AM Check-In
10:00 AM Parent/Student Orientation at The Academy @ Shawnee Main Auditorium
11:30 AM Teambuilding Activities/Parents Breakout Session
2:00 PM Recess
6/20/22 7:00 AM Students arrive at The Academy @ Shawnee Small Auditorium (on Market St.)
7:15 AM Bus departs for UPS Training Center
7:45 AM - 12:00 PM Simulator rides, Emergency Equipment tour, Louisville FAA Control Tour, Micro-Lessons (Communications)
12:00 - 12:45 PM Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 PM Community Service Project Activities
4:30 PM Bus departs for The Academy @ Shawnee
5:00 PM Bus arrives at The Academy @ Shawnee
6/21/22 7:30 AM Students arrive at The Academy @ Shawnee
8:00 - 11:30 AM Classroom Activities
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 - 4:45 PM Classroom Activities
5:00 PM Recess
6/22/22 5:45 AM Students arrive at The Academy @ Shawnee
6:30 AM Bus departs for nearby University (TBD)
9:30 AM Campus Activities (Admission Briefing/Tours/Classroom Exercises/Lunch)
4:00 - 5:00 PM Dinner
5:30 - 9:30 PM Dormitory Check-In/Evening Activities
10:00 PM Lights out
6/23/22 6:45 AM University Dormitory Check-out
7:00 - 7:45 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Campus Activities (Classroom Exercises & Lunch)
2:15 PM Bus departs for The Academy @ Shawnee
5:30 PM Arrive at The Academy @ Shawnee / Recess
6/24/22 7:30 AM Students arrive at The Academy @ Shawnee
7:45 AM Buses depart for Bowman Field
8:15 - 11:00 AM Bowman Field – Student Orientation Flights
11:30 AM Buses departs for Kentucky Air National Guard
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 PM Activities at the Kentucky Air National Guard
4:15 PM Buses departs for Awards Program location
4:45 PM Buses arrives at Awards Program location
4:45 - 7:00 PM Awards/Cookout (Location TBD)


The Academy @ Shawnee
4001 Herman Street
Louisville KY 40212

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