National Flight Academy  Planning for Summer 2021

by Katie King |


National Flight Academy Planning for Summer 2021

Pensacola, Fla. – (June 22, 2020) – Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the National Flight Academy (NFA) has suspended all 2020 summer programming. The decision was made due to several factors, most importantly, the safety of the potential attendees and the staff for the camps.

The uncertain environment related to COVID-19 and the unknown status for the remainder of the year significantly impacts the NFA’s ability to plan, prepare and deliver a fully immersive, overnight education program.

“Suspending all programming was the safest decision since our facility is designed to accommodate 200 students per week plus staff. That includes living onboard in close quarters, eating, sleeping and planning missions in team squadron formats,” said retired Marine Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, president of the National Flight Academy. “Families were given the option of refunds or to secure a spot in next year’s programming.”

“The challenge of suspending the 2020 summer programming necessitated a reduction in force. These are difficult decisions, but like many organizations, we continue to be hopeful and are looking forward to next year,” he added.

Since 2012, more than 17,000 students from 50 states, 29 countries and four U.S. territories have attended the program. The aviation adventure begins on a landlocked, virtual aircraft carrier, AMBITION (CVT-11). Students live aboard for six days in a high-tech virtual world surrounded with realistic sights, sounds and smells of an aircraft carrier. Students plan and complete missions using a variety of STEM-based concepts while using critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and effective communication.

For more information, connect with the National Flight Academy through email at or on social media.


About the National Flight Academy

The National Flight Academy, located in Pensacola, Fla., aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The NFA is a self-supporting, tuition-based educational program. We welcome support from individuals, corporations and foundations for both our scholarship program and general operation funds. The National Flight Academy, a program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Inc., is authorized but not endorsed or funded by the U.S. Navy or U.S. Government.

For more information about the National Flight Academy, visit or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Please contact Malerie Cates, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, via email at for more information.

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