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Minnesota ACE Camp

  • Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp held on June 21-27 and July 19-25, 2015.
  • Each summer the Federal Aviation Administration, and the MnDOT Office of Aeronautics co-sponsor the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp.
  • The week-long ACE Camp is offered two times during the summer, in June and July
  • Open to Minnesota students who will be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, ACE Camp allows students to explore a wide variety of aviation careers and all aspects of the aviation and aerospace industries through tours and hands-on projects.
  • Campers are also given the opportunity to fly in a helicopter, pilot a single-engine aircraft, and take the controls of a glider.

Who Can Attend?

  • Student must be entering grades 10-11-12 in the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Minnesota students and students who have at least one parent or guardian living or working in Minnesota have priority in registering.
  • Students from outside Minnesota may be considered on a space-available basis.

Why Should You Attend?

You will...

  • Visit a wide variety of aviation facilities and talk to engineers, pilots, maintenance technicians, college aviation program staff, air traffic controllers, security personnel, and others, learn about what it is like to work in various aviation fields.
  • Fly an airplane, helicopter, and glider under the supervision of experienced pilots.
  • Tour corporate aircraft and facilities.
  • Experience hands-on demonstrations in air traffic control, pilot training, and aircraft maintenance.
  • Learn the basics of flight, aviation systems, aviation-related industries, and much more . . .
  • View a sample of the ACE Camp schedule (PDF)

What Should I Bring?

  • Casual clothing, including jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc.
  • One dress outfit for graduation.
  • Personal care items.

What Does it Cost?

  • The total cost for the camp, including the $50 non-refundable application fee, is $575 for Minnesota students.
  • Out-of-state tuition is $675
  • Note: $50 discount for applications post marked by April 15, 2015.

How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

  • Financial assistance is available based on individual need; please contact us for a scholarship application and answer question five on the camp application.
  • Please include the $50 application fee when you send in the application.
  • This fee will be returned to you if you are not accepted.
  • If students are applying for financial aid and can't pay the $50 application fee, please note this on your ACE Camp application.


On separate sheets of paper, please complete the following...

  • Student must either type or neatly print in blue or black ink.
  • List any extracurricular activities you participate in and list any awards or special recognition you have received.
  • List any work experience, current and past.
  • Where did you hear about the Minnesota ACE Camp?
  • If student needs financial assistance, please explain why.
  • Must write a short essay (minimum 200 words) on why you should be selected to attend the 2015 ACE Camp.
  • All applications must include application questions, essay, one teacher and a non-relative adult letter of recommendation to attend ACE Camp.
  • Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2015.
  • Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis. APPLY EARLY.
  • All applications postmarked by April 15, 2015 will receive a $50 discount.