ACE Camp


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The Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy is a week-long summer camp program held at Lewis University every summer. The ACE Camp is designed to introduce inner city students,
age 13 thru 18, to flying and aviation related careers. Academy participants learn about the world of aviation by participating in classroom activities and field trips.

ACE Academy Participants . . .

  • Learn about airplanes, flying, and flight safety
  • Take orientation flights
  • Visit Midway Airport & FAA Control Tower
  • Attend the EAA Oshkosh Air Show
  • Meet and talk with aviation professionals
  • And, more!!

The camp is a collaborative effort between the Federal Aviation Administration; Lewis University; the Organization of Black Airline Pilots; the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees; the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc, Omega Airport Transportation Company and several other area businesses are supporting organizations.


This year there are 20 slots available in the ACE Academy. Slots will be filled first with students who have never attended an ACE Academy. In addition interested students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 13 years old by June 15, 2018
  • Have at least a “C” Average
  • Be physically fit to participate in camp activities
  • Be interested in aviation!


ACE Academy tuition is $400.00 and is to be when a student is notified of acceptance. The tuition covers meals, field trip transportation, and other Academy activities.


An application for a slot in the 2018 Lewis University ACE Academy is downloadable on this site. Otherwise, an application can be obtained by contacting Michael Julius, Lewis University ACE Camp Co-Director (773) 884 – 3655, also, via email Michael.A.Julius@FAA.GOV

Students who meet the eligibility requirements must complete and return the application by June 18, 2018.


Joetta Daniels ACE Academy Administrator
FAA Lewis University ACE Academy
Chicago Midway ATCT
6200 S Laramie Ave
Chicago, IL 60638

Please refer to the Program Application & Flyer for additional information.

Michael A. Julius Sr.
Lewis University ACE Academy Coordinator

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