Youth take flight at 2014 ACE Camp |

Youth take flight at 2014 ACE Camp

South Dakota State University will hold its annual ACE Camp July 13-16 to give high school students the opportunity to receive hands-on aeronautics training.

ACE, which stands for aerospace career and education, introduces students to careers in aerospace, aviation and the science used to operate them.

Since 1992, the program has drawn more than 300 students from the Midwest as well as international countries. The camp is available to young people entering ninth grade to 2014 high school graduates.

Enrollment is limited and will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

“ACE Camp has been instrumental in helping students make informed choices when considering career paths in aviation,” said Cody Christensen, who serves as the camp coordinator.

Christensen, a certified flight instructor, said students will construct and launch model rockets, learn how to navigate an aircraft, tour an air traffic control facility and receive one-on-one flight instruction behind the controls of a Cessna 172 airplane during the four-day, three-night camp. There will also be a trip to see a F-16 Falcon jet fighter.

Tuition is $350 and will include lodging in an SDSU residence hall, meals, activity fees, transportation during camp, and flight experience at the controls of an airplane. A limited number of camp scholarships are also available to qualified applicants.

Applications are available to print at (put in site). One can visit and search using the keywords “ACE Camp.”

The SDSU Aviation Program, which has approximately 50 actively flying students, recently received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration certifying graduates to be eligible for a Restricted-Airline Transport Pilot certificate. The SDSU program, which has its own facility at the Brookings Regional Airport, is also accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International.

What: Aerospace Career and Education camp

When: July 13-16

Who: Ninth graders through 2014 high school graduates

Cost: $350

For more information, contact Cody Christensen at 605-688-4983 or e-mail F



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