Delta inspiring next generation of aviators through National Flight Academy

By Corporate Communications staff

Delta is sponsoring an essay contest for children of employees and the 100 winners will get the experience of a lifetime this summer at the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Fla.  Attendees will participate in a dynamic six-day program at the National Flight Academy from July 17-22.

Through the National Flight Academy partnership Delta is investing in STEM education – science, technology, engineering and mathematics  – and, potentially, the next generation of aviators. Students will engage in hands-on learning designed to inspire learning in the STEM fields.

The National Flight Academy brings the latest in multisensory media and simulation technologies to create an immersive naval aviator experience like none other aboard the world’s only virtual land-locked aircraft carrier, AMBITION. Their teaching methods cultivate 21st-century workforce skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and team building.

For more on the educational principles of the program, see the National Flight Academy’s website.

In a thank you letter, one student wrote, “Mission planning and learning to work with my co-pilot taught me the invaluable skills of teamwork and decision making.”

Application Requirements

  • Student must be enrolled in middle/high school as a rising 7th-12thgrader.
  • Applicants must write a 500-word essay explaining why they want to attend the National Flight Academy.
  • Essays are due by 5 p.m. May 13 and can be emailed with DELTA AIR LINES in the subject line. Winning essayists will be notified by May 20.
  • All students must be registered by their parent or guardian via the National Flight Academy’s online portal by June 19.

The program is valued at $1,250, which Delta is sponsoring. This is an overnight camp; all parents/guardians or students will be responsible for coordinating and funding travel to and from the National Flight Academy camp.

For more information on the academy, see:

Instagram @NationalFlightAcademy

Twitter @NatlFltAcademy

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