Destination Aviation Virtual Summer Camp in Partnership with Gleim Aviation

Destination Aviation

This Summer Fly At Home!

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is converting its world-renowned Destination Aviation Summer Camp for 11-17 year-old students online for the summer of 2020. Join the Team, for six weeks every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, as we bring you aviation lessons, field trips, and interviews with aerospace professionals. 

No registration is necessary. It is FREE to interact with our lessons, field trips, and interviews. The videos can be found below, on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

Discovery Flight

Discovery Flights are for virtual campers who registered and who can get to the SUN 'n FUN Expo Campus at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.

For virtual campers who are unable to travel to Lakeland Linder International Airport, contact your local EAA Chapter to find out when their next Young Eagle Flights will take place. To learn more about EAA Young Eagle Flights and find your local EAA Chapter visit 

Important Information: Discovery Flights located at the Aerospace Center for Excellence on the SUN 'n FUN Expo Campus on the Lakeland Linder International Airport will be scheduled at a later date and will be communicated with parents/guardians through the email provided when registered.

Virtual Aviation Lessons

Virtual Aviation Lessons will be posted to the Aerospace Center for Excellence's Facebook at 11:00 am ET beginning June 15, 2020 and will also be uploaded below. Each lesson will begin with a quick review of content and end with activities virtual campers can participate with at home. Please see the schedule below for more details.


Monday, June 15, 2020 - Lesson One "Fundamentals of Flight"

Monday, June 22, 2020 - Lesson Two "Flight Operations"

Monday, July 6, 2020 - Lesson Three "Radio Communication"

Monday, July 13, 2020 - Lesson Four "Aviation Weather"

Monday, July 20, 2020 - Lesson Five "Aircraft Performance"

Monday, July 27, 2020 - Lesson Six "Flight Planning"

Countdown to Our Next Video!


Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips will be posted to the Aerospace Center for Excellence's Facebook at 11:00 am ET beginning June 17, 2020 and also on our webpage below. Come and explore and learn with us from places like Jack Brown's Seaplane Base, Lakeland Linder International Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower, and Lakeland Fire Department's Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station. Please see the schedule below for more details.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Flight Safety International Vero Beach, Florida

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

  • TBD

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aircraft Operations Center

Interviews with Aerospace Professionals

Hear from Aerospace Professionals, their educational paths, experiences and advice for pursuing a career in the aerospace industry. Interviews will be posted to Facebook and on our web page below on Fridays at 11:00 am ET. Please see the schedule below for more details.


Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday, July 10, 2020

  • Kansas State University Executive Director of Aviation Strategy and Member of the Women in Aviation Advisory Board, Lindsey Dreiling

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • NOAA Corps Officer and Pilot, Commander Rebecca Waddington

Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Student Naval Aviator transitioning to Unmanned Aerial Systems Officer, Captain Mark Becker

Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Delta Airline Captain, Aaron Rajanen
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