Hartness State Airport in North Springfield, VT will again host its annual Aviation Careers Education Camp (“ACE Camp”) for youths aged 12 to 16 from August 15 to August 19. The camp provides a valuable opportunity to learn about the career opportunities in aviation and aerospace.

ACE Camp is a hands-on aviation program that allows young people to explore the dynamics of a variety of aviation and aerospace-related careers. Professional, military and civilian experts will introduce campers to the principles of flight, teamwork, pre-flight safety and planning, building and launching model rockets, plotting navigation, and flight simulation. FAA Certified pilots will brief participants on what’s involved with flight safety and the features of different types of aircraft. ACE campers will fly in a variety of aircraft and members of New England Soaring Association will provide introductory glider flights.

The day camp takes place from 8:30 am to 4 pm and the $275 tuition includes transportation from the ACE site to camp activities, lunch and snacks. Participation is limited and early application is recommended.

Detailed information along with an application is available online at flynesa.com/ace

ACE Camp is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, Vermont Aviation Advisory Council, Vermont Agency of Transportation, and New England Soaring Association, with generous support from the Timken Company Charitable and Educational Fund and the Hypertherm Hope Foundation.

An ACE Camp participant is introduced to soaring flight by commercial pilot Jonah Koch.  An ACE Camp alumnus, Jonah is a Certified Flight Instructor in the Vermont Tech Professional Pilot Technology program.

New England Soaring Association member and commercial pilot Bill Batesole completes a YoungEagles flight with an ACE Camp participant in his Piper Super Cub.