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Girls in Aviation Day – Registration Open

Since the very first Women in Aviation International Girls in Aviation Day in 2015, the annual WAI event has grown every year since its first gathering of 32 events and 3,200 participants. In 2019, GIAD met more than 20,000 attendees participating in 119 events in 18 countries. The Aerospace Center ...

Celebrating Our 150th Private Pilot!

Hayden after his first solo The James C. Ray Scholarship Program just celebrated its 150th Private Pilot. Hayden Gomez completed his Private Pilot check ride on August 13, 2022, on the day of his 18th birthday. A graduate of Central Florida Aerospace Academy in May of 2022, Gomez’s plans are ...

Aerospace Center for Excellence Welcomes New Marketing Coordinator

Lakeland, FL: Aerospace Center for Excellence Welcomes New Marketing Coordinator Cathy Jilbert has been a native of SUN ‘n FUN and the Aerospace Center for Excellence since 2014 when she started attending Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA). Over the years of her attending CFAA, she has volunteered at the annual ...

Aerospace Center for Excellence and SUN ‘n FUN Announce New STEM Educators

   Lakeland, FL: The Aerospace Center for Excellence is thrilled to announce Aric Kroon and Kim Rex as the new STEM Educators. Aric Kroon is an educator with 16 years of experience with Polk County schools with experience teaching Math, Science, and Aerospace. His involvement in aviation began at a ...

Aerospace Center for Excellence and SUN ‘n FUN Announce New Business Development Manager

LAKELAND, Fla. (June 29, 2022) – With the ever-growing Aerospace Expo requiring more and more resources to meet demand, Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) and SUN ‘n FUN (SNF) announce the addition of Jana Filip to the team as Business Development Manager. In her new role, Filip will be responsible for ...

ACE Welcomes Education Director Kimberly Brewer

LAKELAND, FLORIDA: Kimberly Brewer is no shy woman when it comes to inspiring the next generation of aerospace professionals. As a Polk County native, Kimberly has grown up on the SUN ‘n FUN campus, where she has made significant contributions beginning at the young age of eleven. Now twenty years and ...

FREE STEM AVIATION EVENT FOR FEMALE STUDENTS

Lakeland, Florida—The Aerospace Center for Excellence and Air Race Classic will host a girls STEM aviation education event on June 18, 2022 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. This event is completely free and open to students between the ages of eleven and seventeen who register online. There are only sixty available ...

AOPA Sits Down with Eric Crump, ACE’s NEW Executive Director.

We could not be more excited about Eric joining the ACE team. Find out how Eric helps bring passion for helping youth get into aviation careers and more in the interview below. Click link for interview The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is the largest community of pilots in ...

The Aerospace Center for Excellence welcomes Kaitlin Conway as the new Scholarship Associate

Lakeland, FL: The Aerospace Center for Excellence welcomes Kaitlin Conway as the new Scholarship Associate! Kaitlin’s love of aviation has been present since she was a child, with her family gifting her a trip to an airshow as a birthday gift. After moving to Florida from New Jersey, she visited ...

Lincoln Beachey – Airshow Pioneers & Innovators

Born in San Francisco, California in 1887, Lincoln Beachey had a passion for aviation from a young age. In 1904, Beachey worked with Glenn Curtiss to fly on the Arrow, an airship. The slow-moving airship did not thrill Beachey, as he wanted something with more power and movement.  By 1910 ...

Betty Skelton – Florida Aviation Hall of Fame

  Born in Pensacola, Florida on June 28, 1926, Betty Skelton developed a liking for aviation early on. Skelton began lessons as early as 8 years old and took the controls of an aircraft at 12 years old. She legally soloed at the age of 16 and soon after, acquired ...
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