Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Location & Directions

Click here for the location and printable directions to the National Flight Academy.

Q. When does the AMBITION Program begin?

Our 2017 Summer Deployments start every Sunday on a weekly basis from May 28th through August 6th with check-in occurring from 10:00AM until 12 PM.

Q. How do I sign up for the AMBITION Program?

Online registration for our 2017 Summer Deployments is available here

Q. What ages are able to attend?

The AMBITION Program is an in-residence educational facility focused on ages 11 through 17 and incoming grades 7 through 12.

Q. How long is the Ambition Program?

Our Deployment program is six days and five nights spent at our facility.

Q. Where is the facility located?

The National Flight Academy’s in-residence program is offered on our virtual aircraft carrier, AMBITION, located adjacent to the National Naval Aviation Museum on Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

Q. What is the National Flight Academy’s relationship to the Navy and military?

The National Flight Academy, a program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc., is authorized but not endorsed or funded by the US Navy or the US Government.

Q. What is the National Flight Academy’s relationship to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and the National Naval Aviation Museum?

The National Flight Academy is a self-supporting Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) under the 501(c) 3 non-profit Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. The Foundation also directly supports the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Q. How much is tuition?

Tuition for the five and a half-day AMBITION for AXPs program is $1,250. Pricing for customized programs including professional development is available on request at or 850-458-7836 toll free 877-552-3632.

Q. Are there scholarship and grant opportunities for interested AXPs?

Scholarships are currently unavailable. We encourage you to work with local agencies such as American Legions, JRTOC’s and schools for group rates.

Q. How can I support the National Flight Academy?

The National Flight Academy relies on the generosity of donors to make this engaging experience possible. Charitable contributions to the National Flight Academy support education and outreach initiatives, facilities, scholarships and virtually every aspect of the National Flight Academy’s mission. To make a donation, contact our Major Gifts Officer, Cassie Redmyer, at credmyer@nationalflightacademy.comm or 850-458-7836 toll free 877-552-3632.

Q. What is the National Flight Academy’s policy on cancellations and transfers?

Click here to download the Cancellation/Transfer Policy

Q. Are persons with disabilities able to attend?

Yes. The facility is fully designed in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Q. Is the National Flight Academy actually a military academy or flight school?

No. Although located on Naval Air Station Pensacola, and utilizing Naval Aviation as a motivating theme and educational delivery method, the National Flight Academy is a formal educational venture and will, as its mission states, inspire and educate youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Q. Is the AMBITION Program accredited through the American Camp Association (ACA)?

Yes, the AMBITION Program is currently accredited through the American Camp Association. ACA ensures a safe and effective camp operation. Their review comprehensively covers all aspects of camp operations including severe weather plans, health services, staff vetting, staff training, food service, and facility infrastructure. More information can be found at the American Camp Association website,

Q. What can family members of attending AXPs to do in the Pensacola area?

During the week their child is enrolled in the Ambition Program, parents will have the opportunity to explore the sites and delights of Pensacola, the 450-year old City of Five Flags and the Gulf Coast. Fine dining, museums, including the National Naval Aviation Museum, outdoor adventure and 52 miles of pristine beaches make Pensacola and the Gulf Coast a wonderful family vacation destination.

Q. What is the National Flight Academy’s Mission?

NFA inspires, engages and educates by delivering uniquely innovative, fully immersive, aviation inspired Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) learning experiences and 21st Century Learning Skills.

Q. Why the National Flight Academy?

According to experts ranging from White House advisors to national leaders in education, the state of math and science instruction in the United States is in crisis. Statistics prove the skills of American students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are declining in relation to students from other industrialized nations. Ignorance of STEM concepts inhibits the talent development required to lead in the technology-rich twenty-first century. The National Flight Academy is designed to help address these serious concerns. In order to address this challenge, we must first inspire our youth’s interest in science and math related fields. The National Flight Academy accomplishes this by using the intrinsic motivation of flight! The National Flight Academy team currently includes the best and brightest from the academic arena as well as the latest technology in the fields of simulation, training, and education all wrapped in an intriguing, immersive story. This immersive environment, coupled with the most innovative methods in instruction, will foster a desire to learn and pursue the math and sciences that open the doors to science and engineering degrees, which lead to the careers of tomorrow.

Q. What makes up the curriculum or educational program?

The curriculum, developed by the University of West Florida, includes aerodynamics, propulsion, navigation, aviation physiology and meteorology. However, the National Flight Academy is more than just academics. A fully immersive gaming environment is the conduit for students to participate in exciting missions. Each mission is aligned to the National Common Core Standards for Math and Science. An additional area of focus is on 21st Century Core Competencies, to include emphasis on core values, leadership development, peer teaming/cooperative learning, effective communication and public speaking. For more information on our curriculum, you can view our education standards here.

Q. What kind of staff support the National Flight Academy?

The NFA Ambition staff includes full-time, part-time and contract positions consisting of program management, operations, facility management, educational facilitators, and professionally certified and experienced educators.

Q. What about the security and well-being of my child?

Full-time, 24/7 physical and electronic security are provided throughout the facility when programs are in session. Access to the National Flight Academy facility, especially the berthing and academic floors, is monitored and closely controlled by proximity card readers. AMBITION Experimental Pilots (AXPs) are issued hotel-room like keys that allow access to their berthing areas, assigned staterooms, and work spaces. During program hours, each squadron of AXPs is assigned a full-time staff “facilitator”. Outside of those hours, overnight staff resident assistants, healthcare professionals, and trained security personnel are on-site. Security cameras monitor common areas and all hallways. A fully qualified nursing staff led by an RN oversees a four-bunk sickbay on-site, along with storage and administration of specialized medications. Safety and medical care is based on requirements set forth by the American Camping Association. For more information about the security company used for overnight hours, please see the following link: Securitas Security Services.

Q. Do Naval Aviation Museum Foundation members receive a discount?

Yes, Foundation members receive a discount on full-priced NFA programs. 

  • 3-Day Cruise Foundation member rate: $359
  • 6-Day Deployment Foundation member rate: $1,125