AVE Academy

Proudly Presented by JetBlue Foundation


August 17-18, 2020

The Aerospace Virtual Education (AVE) Academy is designed to expose youth to a wide variety of career opportunities in aviation.

This two-day virtual academy will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the history of aerospace, fundamentals of aerodynamics, the role of government in aviation, and the many careers available in the aviation industry.

Students will meet aviation professionals and participate in virtual field trips to a variety of aerospace and aviation facilities.

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Qualified applicants will be notified by August 13, 2020.

View application requirements

Meet the Team

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Diana Arias

Corporate Social Responsibility, JetBlue Airways

Justin Biassou

Academy Director

Theo Granville Smith

Academy Director

Tennesse Garvey

Programs Chair


The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals ACE Academy is a nationally recognized program co-sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration. (FAA) and the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE).

Our Aerospace Virtual Education (AVE) Academy builds on the concept of the ACE Academy program by offering first-level exposure to the aerospace industry by providing aerospace career exploration for middle and high school students. Academy participants learn about aviation history, theory of flight, and other aerospace-related subjects. Students will have the opportunity to go on virtual field trips, listen to guest speakers, and have an immersive virtual hands-on experience.

As a participant in the AVE Academy, students will:

  • Receive introductory aviation education
  • Take virtual field trips to different aviation-related facilities
  • Be introduced to aviation history 
  • Learn the qualities of leadership
  • Meet professionals from the aerospace community

Application Process

The program is free for all to apply and participate.

Applications will be screened and processed on a first-come basis until all available slots for the program has been filled.

There is an application deadline noted of August 13th, no applications will be accepted beyond this deadline.

Applicants must:

  • Submit a completed online AVE Academy application
  • Write and submit an essay of one page (400 words or less) expressing interest in aerospace. Essays may include your hobbies, civic involvement, and extra-curricular activities
  • Submit a copy of your most recent official school transcript or report card indicating your cumulative GPA

Incomplete packages will not be considered for admission.

Admission Requirements

Admission is offered to boys and girls from 13 to 18 years old who have an interest in learning about aerospace. Applicants are competitively ranked based on age, cumulative GPA, and essay.

  • High standards of behavior and self-discipline are expected, and students must abide by all academy regulations.
  • Parents or guardians must attend a virtual orientation on August 16 before programs begin.

AVE Academy


All events listed in Eastern Standard Time

August 17

11:00 - 11:30 AM Welcome & Introduction of Team Members/Instructors
11:30 - 12:15 PM History of Flight/Pioneers in Aviation
12:15 - 12:30 PM Break
12:30 - 1:15 PM Virtual US Air Force Tour
1:15 - 1:30 PM Break
1:30 - 2:15 PM Principles of Flight/Aircraft Components
2:15 - 2:30 PM Character Development and Daily Wrap-up
HOMEWORK Phonetic Alphabet/FAA Signage and Airport Markings

August 18

11:00 - 11:15 AM Review & Icebreaker
11:15 - 12:15 PM “Even More Careers” Sessions
12:15 - 12:30 PM Break
12:30 - 1:15 PM Virtual JetBlue Field Trip – Maintenance Hangar
1:15 - 1:30 PM Break
1:30 - 2:15 PM FAA Air Traffic Control Tower/NASA Virtual Field Trip
2:15 - 2:45 PM Graduation Ceremony

AVE registration is now closed. Check back soon for more information.

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