National Flight Acadamy
Come Aboard the virtual air craft carrier, AMBITION
The National Flight Academy offers one of the most exciting and immersive learning experiences in the world. While living, working, eating and sleeping on a simulated aircraft carrier, students are inspired to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students apply science and math skills while planning missions, using Newline interactive displays powered by Google Earth technology. They also learn to fly in the X-12B Triad experimental aircraft, a state-of-the-art simulator.
How can I get selected to attend the National Flight Academy?
- Be an 8th grade student enrolled at either FBMS, YMS, or St. Michaels Academy.
- Submit a written recommendation from your science teacher.
- Demonstrate a marked interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- Have at least a 3.5 GPA
- Submit a 250 word essay on a given topic
- Be interviewed by the selection board
How long is a deployment week?
Deployments are held during summer vacation so they don't interfere with school schedules. Each deployment extends for 6 days and 5 nights (Sunday - Friday), ending with a graduation ceremony on day 6.
When will I be able to attend the NFA?
The Friends of Fernandina Aviation has reserved the following NFA deployment week:
Deployment date: TBA
Learn more about the many ways students can experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; visit The National Flight Acadamy
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2022: TBA
The Josh Barber Memorial Scholarship
The Friends of Fernandina Airport has established a scholarship for Josh Barber who was a 16 year old student at Fernandina Beach High School. Josh passed away in November 2020 from Loey-Dietz Syndrome, a severe connective tissue disorder. To honor Josh's life and fighting spirit, the Josh Barber Memorial Scholarship will provide a $1000 annual scholarship to a senior FBHS student participating in the Aviation Technology Program. Josh loved aviation and was enrolled in the FBHS Aviation Technology Program. Despite his physical limitations, in 2017 he attended the National Flight Academy Camp through a scholarship provided by Friends of Fernandina Aviation. His goal was to study aeronautical engineering and become a pilot. Josh did not let his disability diminish his zeal for pursuing his aviation interests.
FOFA has established a $5,000, non-endowed scholarship for the Aviation Administration associate degree at Florida State College Jacksonville (FSCJ). This scholarship, administered by the FSCJ Foundation, will pay full tuition for a selected Nassau County student to complete this two-year degree. To be eligible, the applicant must be enrolled in the Aviation Administration program at FSCJ. For more information, contact the Student Aid offices at FSCJ.