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Teen Pursues Aviation Dream

Career Academy Opens Doors


Last updated 4/9/2019 at 3:15pm

Williamson Photography of Lake Wales

Jackson Gerard of Babson Park

While some of the world's finest pilots demonstrated their skills at the 45th Annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-in & Expo in Lakeland a contingent of teenagers gathered nearby rebuilding a wing and tuning up a jet engine. Babson Park's Jackson Gerard and his friends in the Lakeland Aeroclub hosted hundreds of visitors to the Fly-in, including officials from the Federal Aviation Administration who were interested in meeting the next generation of aviators.

Sixteen-year-old Gerard is in his first year at Central Florida Aerospace Academy, a public high school career academy run by the Polk County Sc...

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