Aerospace Center For Excellence (ACE) Receives Funding

SUN ‘n FUN has received $225,000 in funding from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust to be used towards the completion of the Piedmont Aerospace Experience on the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus.

The Emil Buehler Trust was established in 1984 to perpetuate the memory of Emil Buehler and his commitment to aviation science and technology. As an aviation visionary, architect and engineer, Emil Buehler considered the majesty and mystery of flight more than a private interest. He had a vision to be shared during his lifetime and beyond. It is this same vision that is perpetuated today through the continuing philanthropic involvement of the Buehler Trust.

The funding from the Emil Buehler Trust allows for the completion of a new learning center, meeting all public access building codes, on the SUN ‘n FUN Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) high school campus. A fully functional Boeing 727, donated in 2012 to SUN ‘n FUN from FED EX, will house the Bernie Little Classroom and is dedicated in memory to Piedmont Airlines founder Tom Davis and Mr. Buehler. Modern technology will allow students in the classroom to monitor the students in the cockpit as computer displays of all activity will be available. Students in aviation careers from CFAA, Polk State College and Traviss Career Center with programs on Aerospace Center for Excellence will be actively scheduled for related classes. The facility will be available for special education activities.

A dedication to Little, Davis and Buehler as well as a SUN ‘n FUN education advocate, Joe McGlothlin, a member of the Piedmont family, will be given on Thursday, April 23rd at 10:00 a.m. during the 41st Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, FL.

Aviation education experiences are offered year-round for students of all ages on the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus. Proceeds from any event at SUN ‘n FUN, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, are returned to STEM-based education programs and activities. Take time to visit Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum with your family.

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