the midst of one of the most challenging periods in history,
our nation's youth must be prepared to lead in the technological
future. The reality is that many are not prepared. Students
seem to lose interest in math and science when they can't understand
the relevance of these subjects to their daily lives. There
appears to be a gap between what students learn in textbooks
and how it applies to "real life." The National
Flight Academy intends to bridge that gap.
the need for math and science orientation in our youth, the
National Flight Academy will take a hands-on approach to teaching
these principles, while reaching beyond academic experience.
Wind tunnels, engine test cells and graphic displays will help
students learn about aerodynamics and propulsion. Flight simulators
and interactive trainers will provide familiarity with navigation,
communications and sensations of flight. Students climbing into
spin trainers will have an immediate introduction to flight
physiology. Confidence-building activities will help teach survival
skills and encourage teamwork. Instilling
teamwork, values and enhancing students' motivation and individual
discipline are intangible components integral to the curriculum
of the National Flight Academy. Students will be challenged
physically and mentally to realize their fullest potentials.
By the end of their six-day session, highlighted by a stirring
graduation ceremony, they will enjoy newly-gained knowledge,
new friendships and tremendous a sense of accomplishment.
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is currently in the midst of
a $30 million Capital Campaign that will allow us to take the
National Flight Academy vision to reality. We anticipate project
completion and the Academy operational by 2005.