NAACP Celebrates Students Headed to National Flight Academy

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Collier County, Florida, is recognizing leadership in flight training ahead of the official deployment of the National Flight Academy on July 17.

Students at National Flight Academy

During the six-day program, participants work on a simulated aircraft carrier, the AMBITION CVTII. [Courtesy: National Flight Academy]

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Collier County, Florida, is recognizing leadership in flight training ahead of an upcoming deployment to the National Flight Academy.

A local scheduled event by the organization Tuesday celebrated students deploying next month to the National Flight Academy, an immersive learning experience for rising 7th through 12th graders who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Located at Florida’s Naval Air Station Pensacola, the academy offers participants an inside perspective about what it’s like to be a Navy aviator.

During the six-day program, participants live in a multi-story, 102,000 square foot facility, and are welcomed aboard a simulated aircraft carrier, the AMBITION CVTII. 

The facility includes a galley, mass deck, administration spaces, and main simulator bays on the first floor. Academic spaces and a large immersion center live on the second floor. The third and fourth floors are dedicated living and interactive spaces for the participants. The academy features advanced technology, flight simulators, and virtual reality experiences to encourage learning and having fun.

Throughout their time at the National Flight Academy, participants have the opportunity to expand their skills related to critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Based in Texas, Ashley is the former Marketing Manager at FLYING and focuses deeply on training and education. She graduated from the Baylor Institute for Air Science with a Bachelor's in Aviation Science and holds an MBA specializing in Marketing. She is an also instrument rated private pilot and licensed FAA dispatcher.
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