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Join Mr. Shaw in introducing the aviation industry and aviation opportunities to our area middle school and high school age students.

Middle and high school students will have the opportunity to learn more about aviation and aviation-related job opportunities at Aviation Career Education (ACE) academies that will be held across North Carolina this summer. Students will learn about the theory of flight, aviation’s history, aircraft maintenance and new technologies. Attendees will study real world aviation applications, aviation principles such as thrust and vectoring, and aircraft construction. They also will have the opportunity to fly radio-controlled aircraft and work on aircraft model design projects, as well as take field trips to aviation industry businesses and have the opportunity to fly in an airplane.


ACE Academy is brought to you by Mr. James Shaw who is dedicated to helping the youth of the city reach their goals.

Mr. Jim Shaw, while serving on the Board of the NCDOT Division of Aviation, learned that ACE Academies had been established in four other NC cities. Mr. Shaw requested that an ACE Academy also be established in Winston-Salem and offered his services to organize and operate an ACE Academy there. Since then the ACE Academy has had six great years of service to our community.

The Winston-Salem ACE Academy runs for two weeks in June. Middle school students will meet from June 19-23rd and High school students will meet June 26-30th.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the ACE CAMP?

The ACE Academy Camp Last for five days, Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

What is included with my registration fee?

Your registration fee covers all materials, supplies, lunch, and snacks for each day. All we ask is that the Camper bring enthusiasm and a smile to camp each day!

Who are the instructors at the camp?

The ACE Academy Camp is staffed by aviation professionals and volunteers with five years of experience working in the camp. The staff is carefully selected to make sure the camp provides the finiest and best organized ACE Camp in the state.

Can I sign up for both Camps?

The ACE Academy is divided between middle school ages and high school ages to provide the best in aviation instruction.

Who is Mr. Jim Shaw?

Mr. Jim Shaw is a resident of the greater east Winston-Salem community and a long time supporter of youth and community investment. After a long successful business career Mr. Shaw has dedicated his time and resources to community revitalization and young people causes. Mr. Shaw has brought his community networking resources together to sponsor this great activity for our neighborhood youth.

Do I get to fly a plane?

Along with a certified pilot campers will be able to fly in an airplane and a helicopter but no one will be flying solo!

Meet the team

Founder_ Jim Shaw

Jim Shaw

Director_ Tony Colburn

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