OBAP - ACE Camps

JetBlue Aces Summer Camp with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Last summer, the JetBlue Foundation sponsored and hosted seven Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy summer camps for future aviators. Thanks to an annual grant from the JetBlue Foundation, the camps soared with volunteers Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) and JetBlue guiding our young aviators. Camps took place in New York; Boston; Orlando; Fort Lauderdale; Long Beach, CA; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nearly 200 students from across the U.S. and Caribbean were able to explore the world of aviation.

The ACE camps gave students new exposure, and allowed them to engage in a weeklong intensive program, which included meeting with pilots, flight engineers, and even members of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience. One of the most relevant parts of the program was an introduction to flight training. With a breadth of experience in one room, students were able to ask questions about what it takes to succeed in the aviation industry. Students also experienced a flight simulator at JetBlue University in Orlando and learned how to land an E-190 aircraft in addition to receiving CPR training. Some students even piloted simulators, using the same equipment and training activities as JetBlue’s pilots, which provided a valuable overview to flight operation training. The Orlando camp also featured a behind-the-scenes look of the FAA’s air traffic control towers and operations centers. The ACE Camp culminated in a JetBlue flight to Washington D.C. to tour the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, expanding their background knowledge about aviation history.

The aviation industry is growing quickly and over the coming years there will be a huge demand for pilots and other aviation professionals. The ACE Academy summer camps play an important role in creating a talent pipeline and supporting the next generation of aviators.

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