Summer Flight Academy

Les Morris BPA 2016 Summer Flight Academy
July 8, 2017 to July 22, 2017

For a printable application  2017 Summer Flight Academy Application
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For a printable brochure  2017 Summer Flight Academy Brochure
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For several years the BPA Summer Flight Academy ( SFA ) has excited young people about flying and their potential as a participant in the aviation field. Furthermore, the Summer Flight Academy has helped them translate this excitement to academic studies which form the foundation of a productive career in aviation. The instructors are all experienced flight instructors who volunteer their time to share their combined experience of 165 years in the aviation field with the young people in the BPA Summer Flight Academy.

The BPA Summer Flight Academy is held at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX.  Successful participants receive 10 hours of flight time and 40 hours of ground school. They must have at least a B average and be between the ages of 15 – 19. Students who complete the course and at the approval and supervision of the instructor may be allowed to perform a solo flight of the aircraft

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Myra Walker
108 Courthouse Way
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Email Myra Walker

Check out some of our past SFA participants via their Student Interviews:

ANDREW GORDAN
Age:   16
City, State:   Grand Prairie, TX 75052
School:  South Grand Prairie High School
Grade:   11th
Sponsor:  Anthony Hall, Bronze Eagles of Texas

Why did you come to the BPA SFA?
Andrew attended the Summer Flight Academy to gain more flight hours and to learn more about aviation.

Future Goals:
During high school, Andrew plans to continue flying and to focus on Automotive Technology.  In college he wants to major in Aeronautical Engineering with the goals to become a NASA pilot/ astronaut or to become a corporate airline pilot.

RICARDO ASTILLERO  II
Age:   15
City, State:   Northfield, NJ 08225
School:   Mainland Regional High School
Grade:  11th
Sponsor:  Derek Grier, Roscoe Draper Chapter

Why did you come to the BPA SFA?
Ricardo attended the Summer Flight Academy to gain more information about aviation through learning and exposure.

Future Goals:
Ricardo plans to complete all of his flight ratings while in high school.  Following high school he plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Florida Tech to major in Aeronautical Science.  Ultimately he plans to achieve his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot.

Update: Ricardo Astillero II is now a commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor – Way to go, Ricardo!

TROY PITTMAN
Age:   16
City, State:   Plainfield, NJ  07060
School:   Plainfield High School
Grade:   12th
Sponsor:   Joseph Holt, Albert E. Forsythe Chapter

Why did you come to the BPA SFA?
Troy attended the SFA to obtain a new experience with flying by completing the FAA written exam and to solo.

Future Goals:
As a member of the local Civil Air Patrol, Troy plans to attend Rutgers University in New Jersey to major in Chemistry and minor in English.  Troy also plans to play football and join the Air Force ROTC program. He will continue to obtain his flight ratings and ultimately fly for the Air Force if he does not get drafted into the NFL.

BRYANT LEWIS
Age:    16
City, State:   New Orleans, LA  70126
School:   Warren Easton High School
Sponsor:   Palmer Sullins Jr., New Orleans Golden Eagles

Why did you come to the BPA SFA?
Bryant attended the Summer Flight Academy to learn to fly.

Future Goals:
Bryant plans to continue to complete all of his flight ratings while in high school.  Post high school he plans to attend one of the following universities:  Tuskegee, Embry-Riddle or the University of Miami to major in Aeronautical Engineering.  Following his academic studies, he plans to join the Air Force to pursue flying and to proudly serve his country.

MARK BENTON II
Age:  17
City, State:   San Bruno, CA 94066
School:   Bridgemont High School
Grade:   12th
Sponsor:

Why did you come to the Summer Flight Academy?
Mark attended the Academy because he wants to become a pilot.

Future Goals:
Mark plans to attend an HBCU (Tuskegee, Morehouse or North Carolina A&T) and participate in ROTC.  He plans to major in Aerospace Engineering or Mathematics.  Following college he plans to join the military to become a fighter pilot.  Mark also plans to utilize his aviation skills as a pilot and member of the SWAT (special weapons and tactics) with the Los Angeles Police Department.

TAJSHEENA CURTIS
Age:  15
City, State:  Los Angeles, CA  90043
School:  Laces High School
Grade:   10th
Sponsor:   Mr. & Mrs. Curtis

Why did you come to the Summer Flight Academy?
Tajsheena attended the Summer Flight Academy to learn more about aviation.

Future Goals:
While in high school, Tajsheena plans to work towards a solid 4.0 grade point average.  Following high school she plans to attend Harvard University to major in Business, ultimately becoming a business entrepreneur.

WILLIAM HARKINS 
Age:   16
City, State:   Ft. Washington, MD  20744
School:   Oxon Hill High School
Grade:   11th
Sponsor:   Gene Stanley, John W. Green Jr. Chapter

Why did you come to the Summer Flight Academy?
Being a member of JROTC, William wanted to learn to fly and was referred to the Summer Flight Academy.

Future Goals:
As a member of JROTC (Flight Commander 2LT) in High School, William plans to get his private pilots license prior to graduation.  Following graduation, he plans to attend one of the following:  Delaware State, Embry-Riddle,Tuskegee or Auburn University and join ROTC.  William plans to major in Aeronautical Science and focus on flight training.  After college William plans to fly in the Air Force or Coast Guard then eventually become a commercial airline pilot.

AVERY FOOTE
Age:   17
City, State:  North Brunswick, NJ 08902
School:  North Brunswick Township High School
Grade:   12th
Sponsor:   Joseph Holt, Albert E. Forsythe Chapter

Why did you come to the Summer Flight Academy?
Avery attended the Summer Flight Academy because he likes flying.  He got involved in his local Civil Air Patrol and was referred to the Academy by his commander.

Future Goals:
While in high school, Avery plans to complete his pilots license and to continue serving with the Civil Air Patrol.  In college he plans to major in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering while being a member of the Air Force ROTC.  Following college he plans to go into the Air Force and desires to become a test pilot.  While Avery plans to become a professional pilot, he still states that he is leaving his options open.