The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, announced on October 14, 1997, the establishment
of the NATIONAL AVIATION EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER. The NATIONAL AVIATION EDUCATION AND TRAINING
CENTER is the replacement program for the A.C.E.S. aviation programs which have been training young
aviators since 1971.
The Center is now supported by a consortium of The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and the Association
Of Naval Aviation.
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps administers the Center which conducts ground schools for any youngster over
fifteen years of age interested in aviation. The program is unique in that it is designed for all
teenagers; not just for members of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
School teachers are also encouraged to participate.
Retired Judge Robert T.S. Colby, holder of FAA's Distinguished Service Award is the Center's director.
The Center is staffed by volunteer instructors, about whom former Navy League National President,
Jack Kennedy said, "These volunteers are the most magnificent and generous individuals with whom I've ever
been associated. They are retired airline pilots, military aviators, certified flight instructors,
and maintenance technicians who give not only of their time, but impart lifetimes of experience to the students."
He concluded, "Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders. These volunteers give the students purpose and direction,
and this program is designed to achieve both."
The one or two-week courses are intense and structured with 44 or 88 hours of classroom instruction
in order that participants may pass the FAA written examinations.