Deadline & Mailing Entries:

A maximum of 35 students will be able to participate in each camp session, and the application deadline is May 10.

ACE Camp Application Form

Anyone registering after May 10 may not receive an ACE Camp T-shirt.

Have Questions?

Have questions regarding the ACE Camp program, contact us.

NCDOT Division of Aviation
Safety and Education Specialist
Attn: Tom Freeman
Email: tfreeman@ncdot.gov
Phone: (919) 814-0559.

Middle and high school students will have the opportunity to learn more about aviation and aviation-related job opportunities at five Aviation Career Education academies that will be held across North Carolina this summer. The ACE camps are sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation.

Students in seventh through ninth grades can attend the middle school ACE camps in Greensboro, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. High school camps will be held for students in grades 10-12 at Elizabeth City, Greensboro, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. Charlotte will conduct a camp for rising fifth-through-seventh and seventh through ninth graders. A maximum of 35 students will be able to participate in each camp session. The application deadline is May 10th.

Students will learn about the theory of flight, aviation’s history, aircraft maintenance and new technologies. Attendees will study real world aviation applications, aviation principles such as thrust and vectoring, and aircraft construction. They also will have the opportunity to fly radio-controlled aircraft and work on aircraft model design projects, as well as take field trips to aviation industry businesses and have the opportunity to fly in an airplane (some locations). New this year will be special presentation on Unmanned Aerial Systems (a.k.a. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) by the NexGen Air Transportation (NGAT) Center and a briefing on post- secondary aviation education opportunities in North Carolina.

If you are up to the challenge, fill out the ACE Camp Application to be considered for the aviation camp of your choice. An essay is also required that will aid camp leaders in finding out if you are serious in your pursuit of learning about aviation. These essays will help determine who will be chosen for the limited spots available in each camp. Activities will be different at each location.

Middle School Camps
  • Greensboro: June 16–20, 2014 at Guilford Technical Community College’s Aviation Center, 260 North Regional Road. Cost: $150 per student. For more information, contact Audrey Floyd at (336) 334-4822 ext. 59010 or via email at amfloyd@gtcc.edu.
  • Raleigh: July 14 – 18, 2014 at Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Road. Cost: $150 per student. For more information, contact Mike Kelley at mkelleyatp@gmail.com.
  • Winston-Salem: June 16-20, 2014 at the Liberty Community Development Center, 1713 N. Liberty Street. Cost: $75 per student. For more information, contact lbrtycdc@bellsouth.net or call (336) 721-9020.
High School Camps
  • Elizabeth City: June 22 – 27, 2014 at Elizabeth City State University (residential co-ed camp), 1704 Weeksville Road. July 14 –19 (female-only camp). Cost: $150 per student. Registrations for all-female camp will be accepted until June 6. For more information contact, Orestes Gooden, odgooden@ecsu.edu, 252-335-3822.
  • Elizabeth City: July 13 - 18, 2014 at Elizabeth City State University (residential all female HS camp), 1704 Weeksville Road. July 14 –19 (female-only camp). Cost: $150 per student. Registrations for all-female camp will be accepted until June 6. For more information contact, Orestes Gooden, odgooden@ecsu.edu, 252-335-3822.
  • Greensboro: June 16 – 20, 2014 at Guilford Technical Community College’s Aviation Center. Cost: $150 per student. For more information, contact Audrey Floyd at (336) 334-4822 ext. 59010 or via email at amfloyd@gtcc.edu.
  • Raleigh: June 16 – 20, 2014 at Leesville Road High School. Cost: $150 per student. For more information, contact Mike Kelley at mkelleyatp@gmail.com.
  • Winston-Salem: June 23 – 27, 2014 at Liberty Community Development Center. Cost: $75 per student. For more information, contact lbrtycdc@bellsouth.net or (336) 721-9020.
Other ACE Camps:
  • Charlotte: June 16 – June 20, 2014, "Pilot's Academy" Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp (Rising 5th - 7th graders) Carolinas Aviation Museum, 1st Flight Drive, Charlotte, NC. Description & Registration and information available at:

    Discovery Place Summer Camps Website

    Sponsored by Discovery Place Museum (Charlotte), held at the Carolinas Aviation Museum (at Charlotte Douglas International Airport), 4672 First Flight Drive. Cost: $325 per student. For more information contact the Discovery Place Summer Camp phone line at (704) 372-6261 ext. 300.
  • Charlotte: July 14 - July 18, 2014, Ground School for Aspiring Pilots, Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp (Rising 7th - 9th Graders), Discovery Place, North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC. Description Registration and information available at:

    Discovery Place Summer Camps Website

    Cost: $350 per student. For more information contact the Discovery Place Summer Camp phone line at (704) 372-6261 ext. 300.

For more information about the ACE Camp program, please contact NCDOT Division of Aviation Safety and Education Specialist Tom Freeman at tfreeman@ncdot.gov or call (919) 814-0559.