On Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., 28 engraved commemorative bricks will be placed in the Solo to Success walkway in front of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA). Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, the annual Solo to SuccessCeremony sponsored by the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) recognizes the exceptional accomplishment of students 15 to 18 years of age that have completed the necessary steps to independently pilot an aircraft or “solo” in the past 12 months. Many of these student pilots are recipients of a flight scholarship from ACE. ACE awards 2 scholarships a month to any qualified high school age resident of Polk County, Florida. ACE has the proud distinction of being the world’s leader in producing teenage private pilots.
The Solo to Success brick laying ceremony caps off a week of Homecoming to the Sky festivities for students at CFAA. Earlier this week, ACE hosted Freshman First Flights which provided the opportunity for 30 members of the freshman class to have a one-on-one general aviation experience from the right seat.
The SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and ACE are addressing the aerospace industry professional shortage head on by engaging, educating and inspiring future aerospace professionals. The SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In raises over $2M annually enabling ACE the ability to deliver STEM-related and aerospace education programs engaging over 30,000 youth each year. Additionally, ACE manages and allocates up to $430K/year in aerospace scholarships.
The media and general public are encouraged and welcome to attend the Solo to Success Ceremony.
The ceremony will be held Friday, November 16th at 10:00am at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy which is located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. 4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland Florida.
About Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc.:
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, summer camps and scholarships aimed at preparing students for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo fundraising event as well as the Aerospace Discovery Museum which is Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 30,000 students a year. For more information, www.ACEedu.aero.
About SUN ‘n Fun Fly-In, Inc.:
SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages. Year round events, including the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo which is one of the world’s largest of its kind, raise funds for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In annually raises over $2M for ACE enabling the delivery of STEM-related and aerospace education programs engaging over 30,000 youth each year. Additionally, ACE manages and allocates up to $430K/year in aerospace scholarships. For more information, www.flysnf.org.