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Giving Day – How You Can Support ACE

Giving Day, also known as Giving Tuesday, is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving designed to give to charities or non-profits to support their cause during the Holiday season. How the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) will be participating in Giving Day is through a unique and fun experience of a live-streamed ...

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 ...

The Florida Air Museum and Aerospace Center for Excellence Welcomes New Museum Director

The Florida Air Museum and Aerospace Center for Excellence welcomes Nicholas Mathes as our new Museum Director! Nicholas Mathes is a long-time Polk County resident being born and raised in Mulberry Florida. Nicholas married his high-school sweetheart in 2009 and has two children, Jaida, age 12 and Ezra, age 7. ...

Bill Adams – Airshow Pioneers & Innovators

Bill Adams was raised on a farm near Watertown, Wisconsin, where he was born on October 11, 1925. His interest in aviation began at an early age. He was working as a crop duster when, in 1948, he saw the famous Cole Brothers Air Show. Watching them inspired him to ...

Where are they now? Slade Rosamond & Carter Clay

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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 ...
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