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Dr. Sherrod R. Campbell III

SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Mourns death of Board Member Dr. Sherrod R. Campbell III

For Immediate Release January 23, 2020 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Board Member, Dr. Sherrod R. Campbell III went west on his final flight January 18th, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida surrounded by his family as a result of Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was 82. Dr. Campbell was a strong supporter of the ...

Two Runs, One Cause: Aerospace Education

PLEASE NOTE – THE TEST YOUR GPS 5K RUN HAS BEEN POSTPONED. DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON! Is 2020 the year you resolve to run more and support the future of aviation? Well then have we got a deal for you! The Aerospace Center for Excellence is hosting the inaugural Test Your GPS ...
skylab

Project SkyLab Groundbreaking

For Immediate Release January 14, 2020 Lakeland, Florida: The media and public are invited to join the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) break ground on “Project SkyLab”, a $4.6M expanded facility at SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus Wednesday, January 15th at 11:00am. The ceremony will be attended by many government dignitaries (state, county and city), community leaders, and philanthropic ...
Orbis

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital to Make Inaugural Landing At SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo

For Immediate Release January 13, 2020 Lakeland, Florida: The world’s only flying ophthalmic teaching hospital makes its inaugural landing in Lakeland, FL at the 46th annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo taking place March 31st – April 5th, 2020. Orbis International’s Flying Eye Hospital is an MD-10 aircraft that travels the world providing first-rate surgical services ...
Rick Garcia congratulating Garrett Gonzalez

Sixth Annual ‘Solo To Success’

The sixth annual ‘Solo To Success’ was held Friday, November 22, on the campus of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) to honor 32 recipients of the James C. Ray Scholarship Fund who had successfully completed their first solo flight. In honor of their achievement, each student was recognized and invited to participate in ...

Project: Stratos 2020

Topic for 2020: A Clear Vision of Aviation in the Future   What: Student Arts & Leadership Series Who: High School Students How: Enter into any or all four categories by sending an email with your name and shirt size to Stratos@flysnf.org. Please identify which categories you will be participating ...
Coloring Zenith

Help Us Design Our Zenith

ACE partnered with Able Flight, a unique organization that shares a similar belief that learning to fly is a life changing experience. This partnership will enable those with physical disabilities an opportunity to earn their Light Sport Pilot Certificate in a customized aircraft that meets their physical needs, instruction from ...

SUN ‘n FUN Announces New Corporate Structure

ACE Takes the Lead as SUN ‘n FUN Flies into the Future FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1st, 2019  LAKELAND, FL – The annual SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In has been an iconic mainstay in Lakeland, FL for over four decades, and in that time, millions have attended the annual gathering of aviation ...
Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame

ACE Executive Director Inducted into Kansas Hall of Fame

For Immediate Release September 21, 2019 Wichita, Kansas - The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is pleased to announce the induction of our Executive Director, Mr. C. Edward Young to The Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame. The Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame was created to preserve the memory of extraordinary ...
Project: STRATOS

Project: STRATOS 2022

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is excited to announce the re-imagination of Project STRATOS: an aviation leadership and art competition. Project STRATOS finalist will continue to receive prizes and recognition associated with the 2022 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in. New this year, competitors will be provided the opportunity to participate ...

Flourishing in Aviation through ACE Internship Opportunities

Getting to Know Our ACE Collegiate Intern: Elizabeth: What drew you to work with the Aerospace Center For Excellence? Ever since I entered the aerospace community, I have always wanted to be a part of something great. When I reached high school, I attended Central Florida Aerospace Academy and noticed ...

President and CEO, John “Lites” Leenhouts Will Retire After 2022 Aerospace Expo

President and CEO John “Lites” Leenhouts has been at the helm of SUN ‘n FUN for over a decade and has worked in the industry for 48 years. During his tenure, the organization has transformed not only the operating state and organizational culture but also the perspective from which it operates. ...

Redbird Flight Simulators arrive on the ACE campus!

We are grateful to Redbird Flight Simulations (Redbird), who makes aviation accessible by using modern technology and careful engineering, for their continued support of the Aerospace Center For Excellence (ACE) and its educational and tourism eco-system! ACE recently installed 20 desktop training devices designed to support a variety of learning ...

Former James C. Ray Scholarship program participant, Skyler Burnam now working at FAA HeadQuarters!

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is a campus focused on not only aerospace and aviation, but also building better citizens with life and leadership skills that extend past classrooms, and workplaces. It is a unique educational campus, offering unique and varied educational programs from designing, building, and maintaining aircraft, to ...

Check out ACE’s SkyLab Innovation Center Internship Programs

We are excited to announce the ACE SkyLab Innovation Center Collegiate Internship and High School Junior Internship Programs. This scaffolded internship initiative offers future aerospace and aviation professionals hands-on training and on-the-job experience in a laboratory setting. Here, interns and junior interns alike can engage, educate, and accelerate a top-down ...
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