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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 ...

Robin Kirk designated as the Dean of Academic Affairs and Museum Sciences at the Aerospace Center for Excellence.

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Robin Kirk as the Dean of Academic Affairs and Museum Sciences at the Aerospace Center for Excellence. Robin Kirk has been with the Aerospace Center for Excellence since June 2021 and substantiated her role in ACE’s educational programming. With dedication and commitment, ...

Registration Is Open for the Scale Model Aerospace and Aviation Themed Gingerbread Competition.

Attention Florida Residents, The Aerospace Center of Excellence announces the chance to participate in the Scale Model Aerospace and Aviation Themed Gingerbread Competition powered by the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance DUE December 1st! This competition will be a truly delicious sight to be a part of. The theme for this ...
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AEROSPACE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE PROMOTES MELISSA GOODSON TO MARKETING DIRECTOR

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Melissa Goodson as the new Marketing Director at the SUN ‘n FUN and ACE campus. Melissa has been with SUN ‘n FUN for 16 years, and at the forefront of visual graphics, creative graphics, brand monitoring/branding, digital marketing, vendor relations, and project management. Frequently ...

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Celebrate Halloween at the ACE Florida Air Museum! Kids in costume get in FREE every Saturday throughout the month of October. Share your "flight theme" costume @ACEFloridaAirMuseum.
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ACE Awards $110K in College Scholarships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 12, 2020LAKELAND, FLORIDA – The Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc. (ACE), home of the annual SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo, awarded $110,000 in aerospace college scholarships to eight (8) top performing Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) graduates from the Class of 2020 at the Ceremony of Success event held June 11th at the Florida Air ...

Aerospace Center for Excellence brings Destination Aviation Summer Camp Online!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 22, 2020LAKELAND, FLORIDA – The Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc. (ACE), home of the annual SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo, is pleased to announce that it will host its world-renowned Destination Aviation Summer Camp for participants online for the summer of 2020. The ACE Team will be delivering content designed for campers 11-17 years old covering aviation lessons, ...
ACE receives 300 Ipads

ACE Receives 300 iPads from American Airlines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 1, 2020LAKELAND, FLORIDA – The Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc. (ACE) is pleased to announce American Airlines has donated 300 iPads as part of the airline’s initiative, To Care for People on Life's Journey. The generous gift of tablets and chargers will help fuel ACE’s mission to Engage, Educate and Accelerate the next generation of ...
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Aerospace Center for Excellence Celebrates 100th Scholarship Pilot

For Immediate Release February 25, 2020 Lakeland, FL: An unprecedented and significant milestone was recently reached at the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). The organization announced today that it has now created 100 teenage Private Pilots through its highly successful flight scholarship initiative. Supported by the James C. Ray Foundation and the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo, ...
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