Brent Lane: Hey! It's Brent Lane from Pensacola, and guess what, we are about board the CVT-11. It's the virtual aircraft carrier called the Ambition aboard NAS Pensacola and it is part of the new National Flight Academy. This is very cool! It's right next to the Naval Aviation Museum and it's open to 7th through 12th graders, and I will tell you what, it's the first of its kind in the world.
It's a five-and-a-half day overnight camp experience, fully immersive, hands-on aviation themed missions, designed to teach science, technology, engineering, and math skills all on board a simulated aircraft carrier named Ambition.
The squadrons then compete against each other in flight and communication skills and how effectively they use their resources to complete the mission in a limited time given.
Chip Yarbrough: By the end of the week they are going out and facing real world scenarios that can happen at any point in time and they are basically called upon to save the day in a moment's notice.
Brent Lane: The certified instructors will provide the experience, structure, and guidance needed for the ultimate experience of a lifetime. Everyday the schedule begins with an old-fashioned reveille, that old bugle call we all know from the movies. Ambition Experimental Pilots or AXPs are given time for a private shower and personal care, given a nutritious breakfast, and called to their assigned stations by 08:00 hours. AXPs will be briefed on the day's action packed mission and will work together to create a master plan, flight map, and debrief following the completion of every mission. Through consistent flight simulator experience and real life immersion role play, these kids are going to have ample opportunities to see how those in naval aviation respond to and avert real life emergencies.
Chip Yarbrough: The visit here at the National Flight Academy will have a life-altering impact on these young adults, and that's something that we are very proud of.
Brent Lane: Each mission will test for mental agility, preparedness, and communication skills, while demonstrating the importance of teamwork and goal completion.
Chip Yarbrough: We want them to invest not only in themselves but in their future, getting involved in their community, getting involved with their churches, with their civic groups, etcetera. We want them focusing on things like that.
Brent Lane: For those parents truly worried about aircraft carriers and war games, there is no violence or real danger at this 102,000 square foot Flight Academy that many are saying is Space Camp taken to the next level.
And not only is Pensacola a great destination for its beaches, but it has become an exciting educational opportunity for young people.
The National Flight Academy also has great programs for corporate and special events. I am Brent Lane, reporting from Pensacola, Florida.