SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo - March 31 - April 5, 2020

Educational Facilities 2018-11-26T17:09:01+00:00

World Class Educational Facilities

The Aerospace Center for Excellence, the most unique educational campus in the United States, is located on the Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL). The ACE Campus includes the Aerospace Pavilion, the Aerospace Discovery Center at the Florida Air Museum, the Central Florida Aerospace Academy(CFAA) High School, The Lakeland Aero Club  – a high school flying club, the Piedmont Experience – a Boeing 727 classroom, the Piedmont Hangar, the Tom Davis Education Center, the Buehler Restoration Center, and the Crossfield Discovery Center. 

Our aerospace focused campus deserves exploration.

 

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Dynamic displays of the best examples of aviation are waiting at the Aerospace Discovery at The Florida Air Museum, Florida’s “Official Aviation Museum and Education Center”. The museum offers one-of-a-kind designs, classics, ultra-lights, antiques and warbirds. The Museum is more than a collection of airplanes; it is a tribute to the history and joy of flight highlighting pioneers such as Howard Hughes, early racers, veterans and countless Floridians who have influenced the world of aviation.

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Yes, the engines work! The airplane is both a functioning 727 and a state of the art classroom. FedEx generously donated the airplane. A donation from the Tom Davis family, an anonymous donor and 2,000 volunteer hours renovated the former feighter.

It is a real public high school with approximately 350 students enrolled. Part of the Polk County Public Schools Workforce Academy System students pursue tracks in aerospace engineering, aviator/pilot certification, airframe and power plant certification, unmanned systems, avionics, and JROTC. 

As a public high school, students attend for free. Dual enrollment credit is available from Polk State College and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Students focused on A&P certifications complete the Airframe portion prior to graduation and can complete the Powerplant certification through a partnership with Travis Technical College.

To find out more about CFAA please visit http://www.polkacademies.com/CFAA/

The largest high school flying club in the world hangars on the ACE Campus. Membership is open to young people ages 14-24. The members maintain a fleet of aircraft that they, as club members, own. Members have flown the club aircraft to the AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI as well as other Fly-Ins. The Lakeland Aero Club also owns, operates and maintains a Redbird Full Motion simulator.

To learn more about The Lakeland Aero Club please visit /http://www.lakelandaeroclub.org

It’s grass and beckons to a simpler time in aviation. Technically, Runway 8-26 belongs to the airport, but it leads directly to the Lakeland Aero Club’s hangar and is maintained by the members. 

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Summer Camps and small group educational programming occurs in the Tom Davis Center. The facility is capable if hosting overnight and residential programs, with two dormitories and a full kitchen. Based on its location on the ACE Campus, up to 200 campers can utilize the facility in a combination of day and residential programs. 

Experience the restoration and renovation of aircraft up close and personal. The Buehler Center is not only the home of one of our partners,  Travis College’s Airframe and Power Plant Certification Program, it is also a working maintenance facility where both flying and non-flying museum attractions are repaired and maintained. Courses in welding, fabrication, and homebuilding are taught.

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Aviation continues to require woodworking and other technical skills. The Crossfield Aerospace Center originally served as the CFAA High School. Today, it is being utilized for a variety of aviation related purposes. 

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The outdoor amphitheater replete with aircraft can be positioned for events, symposiums and hands-on demonstrations. The pavilion can host up to 500 attendees under cover and includes a prep kitchen.

A retreat space perched above the ACE Campus. The Eickhoff sits above the Aerospace Pavilion. Modern, interactive technology is available for small to medium classes.