For Immediate Release: July 19, 2018
Lakeland, FL—Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is proud to announce its support and partnership with Mason Andrews who will fly in his upcoming bid to become the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world via the Tropic of Cancer route. At 18 years of age, Andrews is flying to bring attention to the children at MedCamp of Louisiana. This organization serves to bring happiness to children with severe disabilities and is close to his heart.
“The opportunity for ACE to support Mason’s adventure is core to what our organization is about”, says Robb Williams, Executive Director, Aerospace Center for Excellence. “ACE’s mission is to provide opportunities and financial support to students in pursuit of their aerospace careers. In this case, Mason is not only challenging himself personally, he is leveraging his passion for flight to bring awareness to a cause that is important to him.”
Andrews said that the flight is to be done according to the rules set forth by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), the official World Air Sports Federation. He also said, that upon the completion of his record-setting flight, all proceeds will go to support the charitable efforts of MedCamps, a 30-plus, year old non-profit organization that provides free summer camping experiences for children with disabilities.
Andrews will be flying his 1976 Piper Lance. “We salute Mason’s effort, not only as a private pilot, but as a person willing to give of himself. These traits are those that we attempt to instill in the programs we deliver here at ACE. We wish him success in this endeavor”.
About Mason Andrews:
Born on April 26, 2000, Mason’s successfully solo circumnavigation of the globe will make him the youngest pilot to achieve this lofty goal. Mason is currently a junior in the Louisiana Tech University Professional Aviation Program. When not in school, Mason donates his time to working with and for the children at MedCamp of Louisiana. To learn more about Mason, his around-the-world flight and MedCamp, please visit: www.medcampsmission.org/
If you would like to interview Andrews during Oshkosh AirVenture, please call him at: 318.789.8714.
About Aerospace Center for Excellence:
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to provide aerospace-related educational opportunities to people of all ages through its programs and scholarships. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo fundraising event as well as Aerospace Discovery, the Florida Air Museum. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and programs that touch over 30,000 students a year. For more information, www.flysnf.org.