WinnAero Expands ACE Academy summer programs

GILFORD  — WinnAero, the aviation and aerospace education non-profit based at the Laconia Airport, has announced its summer plans.
The group will expand its annual ACE Academy to include half-day sessions for children in grades 3-5 (July 29-Aug 2); full-day sessions for students in grades 6-11 participating in ACE for the first time and for those in grades 10-12 who have prior ACE or flight experience , both these camps will run
simultaneously July 8-12.
The ACE Academies are a cooperative venture between the FAA and WinnAero with strong support from the Laconia Airport Authority, Air Force Association, Civil Air Patrol, Sky Bright Aviation and the Granite State Airport Managers Association, among others.
The subject matter is designed to be hands-on for youth with an emphasis on aviation and aerospace themed activities underscoring the academic principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Faculty include four certified NH educators and a retired airline Captain. Class activities and field trips include: model rocketry, flight simulators, meteorology, navigation, aviation career speakers, tours of Pease ANG Base, the Manchester Airport Control Tower, aircraft maintenance, pre-flight, flight planning and an orientation flight in a light aircraft.
"These day sessions provide an invaluable experience for youth at all age and grade levels to learn more about careers in aviation and aerospace" said Dan Caron, Academy Director and 34 year veteran teacher. Caron is also a former Air Force Association McAuliffe Teacher of the Year.
Applications for any of the ACE Academies and photos of past participants are on the WinnAero website, Tuition for the sessions is $200 for the half-day camp and $400 for the all day camp with scholarships available to those who qualify through the generosity of the Diane K. Kline Memorial
Scholarship Fund, The Granite State Airport Managers Association and WinnAero.

Laconia teen Ganga Timsina smiles and signals his satisfaction after piloting a Cessna for the first time as part of the ACE Academy in 2012. Signing off Timsina's flight log is certified flight instructor, Gena Adams. (Courtesy photo)