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.

View application requirements

Happy African American high school student smiles cheerfully while building a drone during engineering class. A female student is working in the background.

Meet the Team

Afton Brownweb

Maj. Afton Brown

Asst. Dir. of Operations at USAF Recruiting Service Detachment 1

Justin Biassou

Academy Director

Cedric Davis

Academy Director

Jean Oliver Mbog

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 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

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 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.