Summer Youth ProgramsMPCATA ACE Academy


Take part in our Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy in Arkansas, from June 24 – June 28, 2019

The Milton P. Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy (MPCATA), will host the MPCATA Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy. It is a nationally recognized program delivered in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The ACE Academy is an interactive summer experience for middle and high school students who are interested in aviation and aerospace.

The MPCATA ACE Academy will focus on exposing and educating middle and high school students during a week of Self Esteem, Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math (ESTEAM) skills-based activities using an FAA approved curriculum.

The 2019 MPCATA ACE Academy will highlight the rich history of contributions to aviation and aero- space by natives of Little Rock, Arkansas and the extraordinary culture housed in the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will significantly enhance the learning environment for students as they explore the diverse contributions by business professionals, highlighted by the exhibits. These skills are often overlooked when we consider the aviation and aerospace industry.

ACE Academy Activities


  • Leadership Training

    Cadets will interact with several aviation professionals throughout the week and learn some of the skills required to be a leader

  • Aviation Education

    Lessons topics include the physics of flight, aviation history, and basic flight planning

  • Ground Instruction

    Cadets will receive professional ground instruction on topics including aircraft design and maintenance

  • Field Trips

    Cadets will be escorted to different aviation related locations, such as local airports and aircraft maintenance facilities

  • Flight Simulations

    ACE cadets will be given the opportunity to fly certified aircraft simulators. If available, flights in actual aircraft will be available at some locations!

  • Aviation Career Mentorship

    Throughout the week, ACE cadets will be mentored by several aviation professionals who have extensive backgrounds in flight operations, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, and aviation administration

Admission Requirements


  • Admission is offered to boys and girls from 14-18 yrs old who have an interest in aviation.
  • Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA
  • Students must be physically capable of participating in all activities.
  • High standards of behavior and self-discipline are expected, and students must abide by all academy regulations.
  • Parents or guardians must attend a Parent & Student Orientation scheduled for Saturday, June 8th 10am at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9thR. AR 72201.

ACE Academy Fee and Paperwork 2019

$50

Per Cadet
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