The Flight to 48 is a journey by three graduating Indiana University seniors to raise money for the Indianapolis Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy. The academy offers an interactive introduction to the aviation industry and careers to middle and high school students. The flight will consist of landings in the 48 contiguous states to generate awareness for the development of young aviation professionals. The funds will be used to provide summer camps for students ages 10-18, incorporating ACE's curriculum into local school clubs, and allowing for further growth throughout the country.
Takeoff is scheduled for May 6th from Bloomington, Indiana (KBMG). The return is scheduled for Indianapolis Executive Airport (KTYQ) on May 23rd.
All funds raised will be donated to:
NAYR Foundation Inc. dba ACE Academy
P.O. Box 44630
Indianapolis, IN 46244
ACE Academy is a program sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration designed to offer an introduction to the aviation industry and also expose aviation jobs and careers to middle and high school students. Students are provided with opportunities, insights, and hands on experience to learn the history of aviation, fundamentals of aerodynamics, the role of government in aviation, pioneers in aviation and the many careers available in the aviation industry. Students will learn aviation concepts tailored to their education in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).
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The Flight Crew:
Mitch Miller is a senior at Indiana University from Zionsville, Indiana. He will be graduating this spring with degrees in Real Estate and Finance. His grandfather, a pilot himself, inspired him to pursue aviation at a young age. Mitch began flight training at age 15 and he has since attained a commercial license. His most memorable flight was along the coast of Ft. Myers beach with his grandpa in the right seat. He will continue to pursue his passion for aviation when he begins his career at Textron Inc. In July.
Calvin Page, the only non Indiana native, calls North Palm Beach, FL home. He is a graduating senior at Indiana University with degrees in Finance and Real Estate from the Kelley School of Business. Aviation has always interested Calvin. He credits this to his grandfather, who was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force for 30 years. In high school, Calvin was gifted a discovery flight for Christmas, and immediately began flight training thereafter, receiving his official license in January of 2015. Beginning this July, he will remain in the aviation and aerospace industry by joining the Financial Leadership Program with United Technologies Corporation. Calvin is very proud he can be apart of a journey that will impact so many young students who are looking to pave their own path into this world of aviation that have all learned to love.
Adam Lark, hailing from the small town of Loogootee, Indiana. Adam is a graduating senior at Indiana University studying Finance, Real Estate, and Entrepreneurship through the Kelley School of Business. While the only non-pilot of the crew, Adam developed an interest in aviation after taking a discovery flight during his junior year at Indiana. He intends to pursue his pilots license upon graduation. He also believes this is an excellent way to educate and inspire the next generation as to the opportunities made available through aviation.
For more information on the flight:
- Brent Coker
- CARMINE NICOLETTA
- Ed Jarvis
Organizer and beneficiary
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