Students Complete Week Long Aviation Academy at Van Nuys Airport

Twenty middle school and eighteen high school students participated in the annual Aviation Careers Education (ACE) Academy hosted by Van Nuys Airport (VNY).

“This program gave middle school and high school students a weeklong, in-depth look into the world of aviation; including career options and daily operations,” said Diana Sanchez, Van Nuys Airport’s Public and Community Relations Director.

Students were given an inside look at VNY’s rich history and daily procedures of aviation professions, including airport operations, air traffic control and LA Fire Department. The students learned about the industry and career opportunities by visiting local aviation businesses, landmarks and museums. The students were selected based on their level of interest in aviation. They met experienced individuals in the field, including airline pilots, mechanics, and other aviation professionals.

The students expressed their appreciation for this information-packed program; designed to expose them to the numerous career options available in aviation.

“This program is amazing and I’m so grateful for it and my parents’ support in my (future) career,” said Alexis Gonzales, a student from La Reina High School.

James Kang, a student at Village Christian School, added “This was an opportunity to make connections and learn how to become a pilot and more on other aviation careers.”