The airline hosted an event that provided students with free introductory flying lessons.

Avelo Airlines B737-800 in flight
Photo: Robin Guess / Shutterstock

The ultra-low-cost carrier that is based out of Houston, TX, Avelo Airlines, recently hosted a flight exploration event for young, middle-school-aged students. This recent event provided students from East Haven Middle School in Connecticut to participate in free introductory flying lessons. The free flight event was part of the program run by Avelo Airlines called Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) Program.

Recent event run by Avelo Airlines

This most recent ACE event was hosted by Avelo Airlines on May 24th. Avelo Airlines partnered with the Yale Aviation Flying Club and Robinson Aviation. The event allowed 35 middle school students to participate in introductory flying lessons at the local Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN).

Piper Aircraft at Tweed-New Haven Airport

Photo: Avelo Airlines

The Superintendent of East Haven Public Schools, Erica Forti, spoke about the amazing opportunity for the students, saying,

“We are so grateful to Yale Aviation Flying Club, Avelo Airlines’ ACE Program, and Robinson Aviation for providing their facility, all of whom are affording a runway to our students’ dreams.”

The event allowed for the 35 middle school students to fly in a single-engine Piper aircraft. The students were under the guidance of a licensed flight instructor. The Piper aircraft were provided by the Yale Aviation Flying Club, as well as the flight instructors. Robinson Aviation hosted all the students in their associated facilities as well as providing the area for their discovery flights. Each discovery flight for the students was expected to last approximately 20–30 minutes.

Avelo Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Levy spoke about the program allowing students to experience flight. He said,

“We can’t imagine a more appropriate or exciting capstone experience for these future aviators than to give them the chance to fly. The sky is the limit for these remarkable young people. We hope this discovery flight will inspire them to keep flying high in pursuit of their dreams. Nothing would make me prouder than to call them fellow Avelo Crew members in the future.”

The Aviator Career Exploration Program

The ACE program run by Avelo Airlines is the first of its kind program that is said to inspire the next generation of aerospace and aviation professionals. The program lasts for six months and is focused on providing opportunities for middle-school-aged students. This specific program is a partnership between East Haven Public Schools and Avelo Airlines in collaboration with Exploring. Exploring is a co-ed awareness program that is run by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that provides curriculum development and management for younger kids across the country.

Avelo Boeing 737 Departs Tweed New Haven

Photo: Avelo Airlines

The Boy Scouts of America Director of Exploring, Paul Lukas, spoke about the partnership, saying,

“The partnership between East Haven Schools, Avelo Airlines, and Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA, is a collaboration that seeks to inspire the next generation of aerospace professionals right here in our community.”

Students were selected from their middle school to participate in aerospace programs earlier in their education journey, compared to standard high school programs. This allows the students to adjust their academic and extracurricular choices to help prepare them for a future academic career.


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