Aviation Career Enrichment, Inc. (Fly ACE) has partnered with Miles Intermediate School to help develop a plan of action that will ensure student success in aviation. Fly ACE’s mission is to use the vehicle of flight training to inspire young people to sharpen their academic skills and remain in school. As a result of 30+ years of operation, scores of former ACE students and volunteers are now successful aviation professionals and are among the very small percentage of African-Americans and other minority groups working in the airline industry, military and corporate aviation. Since 1980, Aviation Career Enrichment, Inc., and the Atlanta ACE Academy have worked to address the shortfall of minorities working in aviation and aerospace professions by introducing disadvantaged, at-risk and minority youth to aviation opportunities.
As a part of this initiative, many students at Miles are now members of the Miles “Tiger Ace” Club. Delta Airline Captain, Mr. Patrick Alexander, and Officer, Mark Dozier, recently shared their experiences as aviators with the members of the club during career day. The guests speakers presented an aviation workshop that focused on setting career goals, the importance of academic learning, and staying on task. Additionally, students received hands-on experience as they practiced flying a plane through the use of an airplane simulator.
Fly ACE president and founder, Mr. Julius Alexander, and Vice-President, Mr. Star Rogers, shared their pilot experiences and discussed the various career options available for students interested in aviation. Miles students are scheduled to visit Fly ACE located at Fulton County Airport Brown Field on March 7, 2013. During their visit the students will tour the Fulton County Airport Brown Field as they gain real-world aviation experience.