Over 35 high school students visited Cecil Airport during a week long camp focused on giving young people broad exposure to the wide variety of aviation career opportunities. Representing several local schools, the students spent the day learning how to control air traffic with the Florida State College of Jacksonville's ATC simulators. They also toured the Aviation Center of Excellence and learned about aviation maintenance.
The Aviation Career Education (ACE) camp, which was held from June 25-29, is in its fifth year of operation. Students visit three of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority's four airports: Jacksonville International Airport, Cecil Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX), along with the air traffic control center in Hilliard and the Florida Air National Guard. In addition, they participate in group activities that include designing an airport, professional development and teamwork. The week culminates in a flight around Jacksonville where campers take the controls of an aircraft provided by one of the flight schools based at JAXEX.