Countdown to Lift-off for ACE Academies - 2020!
The WinnAero and FAA-sponsored ACE Academies are getting ready for their summer programs with seats still available for the day camps. Held at the Laconia Airport, the ACE Academies stress STEM-education through an aviation and aerospace perspective. Some seats are still available for students in the ACE Space Camp July 6-10 and the ACE Academy scheduled for July 13-17, 2020. You can reference the 2020 ACE Camp and Academy under the Education tab of the site. There will be MANY exciting activities such as field trips, building and flying model rockets and model airplanes, drones, operating “fly” simulators, touring the Manchester/Boston Regional Airport Control Tower and fly at the controls of a light aircraft with a certified flight instructor. Interested students and parents are encouraged to contact Winn Aero Education Director, Dan Caron at or by visiting the WinnAero website at www.winnaero.org.
Photo: Dan Caron,left, goes over Orientation Flight details with Lee Avery, right, certified flight instructor and owner/operator of Sky Bright Aviation, one of two fixed base operators at the Laconia Airport.
Photo: WinnAero Educational Director Dan Caron poses with the ACE Academy class of elementary school students at the Laconia Airport. Front left to right: Drew Hosmer, Alden Townsend, Ava Hosmer, Patrick O’Reilly. Second row: Mimi Hosmer, Mitchell Townsend, Aiden McBey and Tim Jagusch
WinnAero ACE Academies Conclude Successful Summer - 2014!
“This was an incredible summer for our ACE Academies….our biggest enrollment ever” said an enthusiastic Bill Seed, founder of WinnAero. Seed was referring to the three summer learning programs his group offered under the direction of WinnAero Educational Director and NH Teacher Dan Caron. Caron, with 35 years teaching experience, has the distinction of being an Air Force Association Teacher of the Year in 2008. This summer, Winn Aero offered three levels of aviation-based STEM learning for Elementary age, Middle School age and High School age students. A total of 57 students participated representing 17 towns as close as Gilford and as far away as Croydon and Newport. The students enjoyed field trips to tour the FAA Center, the McAuliffe – Shepard Discovery Center, CR Helicopters, various aviation related industrial facilities and the NH National Guard facility in Concord. Closer to home, each student got to fly at the controls of a Cessna aircraft with instruction from certified flight instructors. They also received orientation flights in National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and logged time “flying” computerized flight simulators. 23 guest speakers covered topics as varied as meteorology, navigation, helicopter and B-52 operations, civil engineering, airport operations, aircraft engine maintenance, college ROTC programs, women in aviation, transportation policies as applied to aircraft and airports and home built airplanes. Director Caron was assisted by five other teachers who had a combined total of 124 years of classroom experience. They were Christine Landry, Julie Sicks-Panus, Paul Gelinas, Kathy Moaratty and Bob Rotier. Caron always solicits parent feedback to effect positive changes in his programming for subsequent years. This year the parents’ feedback included the following comments: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for my son; being able to fly the plane himself was the highlight; the ACE Academy was an overall positive learning and social experience for our son; our daughter was very enthusiastic about all the activities and hopes to return again next year; this was a perfect chance for my child to find students with similar interests”.
Caron is actively planning for next summer and invites anyone interested in being on his ACE Academy mailing list to contact him at