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New Aerospace Academy Opens At Sun 'n Fun

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The Central Florida Aerospace Academy now has a new home on the Sun 'n Fun campus, which was formally dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday morning. The 58,000-square-foot building features classrooms, a media center, a cafeteria and an engineering lab, and can serve up to 500 students. The school aims to help students prepare for careers in aviation and aerospace. "I hope this building serves as a launching pad for CFAA students to become more actively involved in aviation and, in doing so, build a pathway for successful careers and successful lives," said John C. Ray, whose Aviation Education Foundation provided $7.5 million for the project.

The Academy launched two years ago and has been using the facilities of the Florida Air Museum for its 242 students. "I share Mr. Ray's dream of giving young people the opportunity to experience flight in order to ignite the passion and confidence within each one of them to change their life," said Sun 'n Fun board chairman Bill Eickhoff.  "It is a dream come true for me and can come true for these students." During the annual fly-in, the building will be used for educational forums and other events.

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