Virtual ACE Academy
Sponsored by the United States Air Force
December 19-20, 2020
The Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academy, sponsored by the United States Air Force, is designed to expose youth to a wide variety of career opportunities in aviation.
This free, two-day virtual academy will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the history of aerospace, the 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.
This year, OBAP is proud to partner with the United States Air Force to offer a virtual ACE Academy.
ACE Academy participants will also receive a complimentary, one-year OBAP Student Membership.
Applications must be submitted by December 5, 2020. They will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Qualified applicants will be notified by December 10, 2020.
Meet the Team
Maj. Afton Brown
Jean Oliver Mbog
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 Career Education (ACE) offers first-level exposure to the aerospace industry by providing aerospace career exploration for middle and high school students. Academy participants learn about aviation history, the 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 ACE 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
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 have been filled.
There is an application deadline of December 5. No applications will be accepted beyond this deadline.
Applicants must submit a completed online ACE Academy application.
Admission is offered to boys and girls from 13 to 18 years old who have an interest in learning about aerospace.
- 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 before programs begin.
USAF Virtual ACE Academy
All events listed in Eastern Standard Time
|Sunday, December 13||2-3 PM EST||Parent/Guardian Brief|
|Saturday, December 19||2-2:30 PM||Welcome & Introduction of US Air Force Team Members/Instructors|
|2:30 - 3:15 PM||History of Flight/Pioneers in Aviation|
|3:15 - 3:30 PM||Break|
|3:30 - 4:15 PM||Principles of Flight/Aircraft Components|
|4:15 - 4:30 PM||Break|
|4:30 – 5:30 PM||“Day in The Life as a U.S. Air Force Pilot Tour”|
|5:30 - 5:45 PM||Character Development and Daily Wrap-up|
|Homework||Phonetic Alphabet/FAA Signage and Airport Markings|
|Sunday, December 20||11 - 11:15 AM||Review & Icebreaker|
|11:15 AM- 12:15 PM||Aircraft Maintenance Tour|
|12:15 – 12:30 PM||Break|
|12:30 – 1:15 PM||“Pathway to Wings”|
|1:15 – 1:30 PM||Break|
|1:30 – 2:15 PM||Air Traffic Control Tower Tour|
|2:15 – 2:45 PM||Graduation Ceremony|
Upcoming ACE Academies
Registration for the 2020 U.S. Air Force Virtual ACE Academy is now closed. Complete the form below to be notified when 2021 ACE Academies open.
Contact USAF Virtual ACE Academy
Have questions, contact the USAF Virtual ACE Academy team.
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