Scholarship Announcement for Army Dependents: 6-day, 5-night program at the National Flight Academy

Jan 23, 2018

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer children of active-duty Army service members an experience of a lifetime this summer, at the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida!  Fourteen scholarships will be awarded for students to attend a dynamic six-day, five-night program at the National Flight Academy during one of the following weeks:

  • June 17 through June 12, 2018
  • July 1 through July 6, 2018
  • July 15 through July 20, 2018


Students have the unique opportunity to submit a scholarship application for the chance to attend the National Flight Academy this summer!  Applications are due by March 7, 2018.  Winners (14 out of the 36 will be selected) and alternates (4 alternates will be selected) will be notified by April 4, 2018.  Once selected, winners must be registered by their parent/guardian via the National Flight Academy’s online portal by May 2, 2018.  


To receive scholarship submission instructions and weblink to the online application, please contact Cassie Redmyer at or call (850) 308-8936.


This is a 6-day overnight camp and Delta Air Lines is providing National Flight Academy scholarships for tuition only.   Parents are responsible for coordinating and funding travel expenses to and from the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, FL.  Early arrival and airport pick up/drop off at Pensacola Regional Airport is available for an additional charge.


Through the National Flight Academy partnership, Delta is investing in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - education and, potentially, the next generation of aviators. Students will engage in hands-on learning, designed to inspire learning in the STEM fields.  Onboard AMBITION, the world’s only land-locked aircraft carrier, students will utilize the latest in simulation technologies, multisensory media, and will have an aviator experience like none other! 


For a glimpse of one of our 2017 “Delta Deployments,” click here for a short Delta/NFA video:




 What is the National Flight Academy?

The National Flight Academy is an interactive, immersive learning adventure that focuses on inspiring youth to take a greater interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The NFA was created to address the serious concerns of declining STEM skills and standards in our country. 


Located on Naval Air Station Pensacola, the NFA is an educational program authorized – but not financially supported – by the United States Navy. Built solely with private funding from corporate sponsors and community partners, the NFA opened in 2012 with the mission to engage and inspire students to pursue challenging STEM-related coursework. The NFA falls under the umbrella of the National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3.


Since inception, over 10,000 students from 50 states and seven countries have experienced the unparalleled learning adventure aboard AMBITION, a state-of-the-art program housed onboard a 100,000+ square foot virtual aircraft carrier. Attendees – known as AMBITION eXperimental Pilots or AXPs – plan missions with ultramodern, advanced technology, learn to fly in 42 networked flight simulators, eat on a mess deck, sleep in staterooms and receive mission briefings in six fully electronic ready rooms. Mission planning is conducted in Joint Intelligence Centers (JICs) using modern interactive learning technology. The missions flown are humanitarian in nature and do not involve weaponry.


Take a Virtual Tour of the National Flight Academy (Video)

The AXPs are challenged on a wide range of topics from basic three-dimensional physics and motion to more advanced concepts of aeronautical engineering and propulsions systems. These missions all play into enhancing the students’ education, ultimately enriching their understanding of STEM principles. In addition, by working in a team-training environment, the NFA adventure is also designed to emphasize workforce skills such as leadership development, effective communication and critical thinking. At the NFA, we have found that by placing students in a real-world scenario they become far more skilled at manipulating numbers, equations and scientific theorems, deciphering mathematical puzzles, identifying patterns and finding self-confidence in their own ability to problem-solve. Participants show a measurable increase in knowledge of STEM principles after completing our program.


Six-Day Deployment

The NFA’s capstone program is a 6-day, 5-night Deployment for 7th to 12th grade students. The program begins on Sunday at noon and ends on Friday at noon with a graduation ceremony. While living aboard the AMBITION, AXPs are enveloped in a virtual world – the centerpiece of which is the X-12B Triad experimental aircraft powered by Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D simulation software. AXPs apply science and mathematics skills while planning missions utilizing large SMART boards powered by Google Earth technology. Mission scaffolding is utilized, making each assignment more challenging than the one before. 

Participation in the AMBITION six-day deployment is free to winners of this scholarship and includes all aspects of the experience – housing, meals, instruction and access to state-of-the-art technology. This cost will be covered by Delta Air Lines. Parents or participating organizations will be responsible for coordinating and funding travel expenses to and from the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, FL. Early arrival and airport pick up/drop off at Pensacola Regional Airport is available for an additional charge.


I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please contact me:


Cassie Redmyer

Director of Administration

National Flight Academy 

One Fetterman Way

NAS Pensacola, FL 32508

p. 850-308-8936

c. 910-330-2957

f.  850-458-9229