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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 ...

Former CFAA student and ACE James C. Ray scholarship recipient, Luke Liptak has joined SPACEX!

We are excited to announce former CFAA student and ACE James C. Ray scholarship recipient, Luke Liptak has joined SPACEX! Luke has turned heads ever since he arrived on the CFAA campus years ago!  Luke, will begin his SpaceX career as an Airframe and powerplant technician working on the Falcon-9 ...

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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Aerospace Center For Excellence Appoints Daryl Price As New Executive Director

The Aerospace Center For Excellence (ACE) is a 14-building aerospace STEM facility located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. ACE has vibrantly created a vision of building a brighter future through aerospace and aviation! This purposeful vision will now further come to life through someone with: unique and varied ...
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Polk County teachers learning at SkyLab!

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in their study titled Teacher Quality: A Report on The Preparation and Qualifications of Public School Teachers, it is stated that, “in order to meet the changing demands of their jobs, high-quality teachers must be capable and willing to continuously learn and ...
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The SkyLab Innovation Center on the ACE campus partners with Higher Orbits

The SkyLab Innovation Center on the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) campus partnered with Higher Orbits in early September, to provide high school students the opportunity to explore and discover the Aerospace STEM and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields through the Go For Launch! Program. This program used ...

SUN 'n FUN Salutes EAA Founder Paul Poberezny

It is with great sadness that we give a last salute to Paul Poberezny, one of aviation's greatest inspirational leaders, when he took his final “Flight West” on August 22. Paul was a driving force as a motivator and supporter in the creation of the SUN’n FUN International Fly-in and ...

Young Polk pilots make it to the big Wisconsin air show

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SUN 'n FUN Building a Brighter Future through Aviation… at AirVenture

On Wednesday, July 31st, in the Media Center at EAA Airventure, Robert A. (Bob) Knight, Chairman of the SUN 'n FUN Board of Directors and John R. "Lites" Leenhouts, SUN 'n FUN President and CEO will introduce current students and graduates of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) in Lakeland, ...

SUN 'n FUN Media Partners

LAKELAND, FL  - June 26, 2013 - One week each year during the SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, air traffic in Lakeland and the surrounding communities is elevated. The media is focused on the world's second largest aviation expo identified as having a $64m economic impact on the ...

SUN 'n FUN By The Numbers

When the Federal government sequestration policy threatened the viability of the 39th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, partners within the State of Florida stepped up to a new challenge. Proceeds from the annual event in Lakeland have historically benefitted students and the future of aviation. That stirred ...

Kermit Weeks featured at SUN 'n FUN for Tour of Aircraft from the Weeks Private Collection of Aircraft and Book Signing

LAKELAND, FL  - SUN ‘n FUN is pleased to welcome Kermit Weeks, founder and owner  of Fantasy of Flight, home to The World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection™.   Across the SUN 'n FUN campus and in the Florida Air Museum, guests are privileged year-round to view aircraft on loan from the ...
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