Aerospace Center For Excellence

Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015, 2016 and 2017
Best of Lakeland: Museum 2015, 2016
ASTC Nominated: Best Exhibit
Florida Association of Museums: Nominated Best Visitor Experience

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What Is Ace?

SUN ‘n FUN and the Florida Air Museum support year round educational programs. These programs happen at the Aerospace Center for Excellence or ACE Educational Facilities.

Fourteen (14) buildings and a Boeing 727 Classroom form the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE Educational Facilities). This model is the most unique learning platform in the United States where each building serves a common function of educating and inspiring the next generation of aerospace professionals while honoring the past.

SUN ‘n FUN and the Aerospace Center for Excellence are leading the way. Come see what ACE Educational Facilities is all about!

The Aerospace Center for Excellence

  • Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum
  • Central Florida Aerospace Academy
  • Boeing 727 Jet Aircraft Interactive Exhibit
  • Florida Aerospace Historical Annex
  • Aerospace Opportunity Center
  • Lakeland Aero-Club
  • Buehler Aerospace Restoration Skills Center
  • Piedmont Aerospace Experience
  • Crossfield Aerospace Center
  • Piedmont Aerospace Lab
  • Tom Davis Aerospace Education Center
  • Aerospace Pavilion
  • Eickhoff Hospitality room
  • Aerospace Enterprise Center

Museum News

82nd Airborne Paratroopers Help Restore SUN ‘n FUN Campus

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Lakeland’s own SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus and the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) last week, leveling hundreds of majestic oaks, flooding structures, and turning quiet streams into raging torrents. [...]

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2017 Project STRATOS

August 7th, 2017|0 Comments

After careful consideration the following students have been chosen as Finalists for 2017 Project STRATOS:       Robert Locke Central Florida Aerospace Academy Justin Dal Colletto Central Florida Aerospace Academy Adam Saoud Central Florida [...]

WhyWeFly.org

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

SUN 'n FUN's President and CEO, Lites Leenhouts, was featured in the podcast Why We Fly last week. Lites has a vast background in aviation and an interesting story. To listen to his episode of [...]

The Aerospace Center for Excellence Will be “Aligning the Stars for Students” Thanks to GiveWell Community Foundation

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

The Aerospace Center for Excellence Will be “Aligning the Stars for Students” Thanks to GiveWell Community Foundation (June 22, 2017, Lakeland, FL) The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) will align the stars for students by [...]

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Educational Opportunities

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Aviation Clubs

The Aerospace Center for Excellence provides many opportunities for students to become better acquainted with the world of aerospace. We are proud to offer a variety of clubs that in coordination with our staff and volunteers help students develop a better understanding of classroom principles in a real life environment.

*Activities are also eligible for community service hours towards scholarship requirements*

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Educational Facilities

SUN ‘n FUN and the Florida Air Museum support year round educational programs. These programs happen at the Aerospace Center for Excellence or A.C.E.
Fourteen (14) buildings and a Boeing 727 Classroom form the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). This model is the most unique learning platform in the United States where each building serves a common function of educating and inspiring the next generation of aerospace professionals while honoring the past.
SUN ‘n FUN and the Aerospace Center for Excellence are leading the way. Come see what ACE is all about!

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Scholarships

SUN ‘n FUN and the Florida Air Museum are both 501 (c) 3 corporations. In accordance with our mission statement we believe in developing the next generation of aerospace professionals.

This cannot happen without education. SUN ‘n FUN and the Florida Air Museum annually give over $400,000 in scholarships through the Aerospace Center for Excellence.

These efforts have not gone unnoticed as we are proud to announce that as of March 2015 over 100 scholarships have been awarded to young men and women. Many of these have pursued their dream of becoming a pilot. With financial assistance given by the Aerospace Center for Excellence over 50 of these students have soloed an aircraft resulting in over 40 private pilots with over 85 scholarships in progress. Many of these students have gone on to further their education at the university level and are now beginning their careers as young professionals.

Nobody else in the United States can claim the success stories that we share in at the Aerospace Center for Excellence. We are proud of these young men’s and women’s accomplishments.

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Educational Programs

The Aerospace Center for Excellence hosts a variety of year round educational programs. From tours of Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum, to summer camps, to Aerospace Discovery weekend there is always an opportunity to educate and advance your aerospace knowledge and have fun while learning!

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Career Opportunities

Now you have the knowledge to succeed what do you do now? SUN ‘n FUN and The Aerospace Center for Excellence are proud to partner with JSFirm.com showcase the opportunities that exist in the aerospace field.
Do you have the next great idea that will revolutionize the aerospace industry? Develop your product at our Aerospace Enterprise Center where you can receive career advice form industry experts, host meetings, or have your own personal workspace.

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Transition to the Sky

Transition to the Sky is a new program offered at the Aerospace Center for Excellence that is designed to prepare people with special needs and their families for future air travel.

Learn what it is like to experience every step and participate in routine passenger tasks.

 

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