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Aerospace Center Holding Contest to Design Plane Graphics

Modified Plane to Help Disabled Get Pilot Licenses


Last updated 10/30/2019 at 1:06pm


Aerospace Center for Excellence Holds Design Contest for Airplane Graphics

The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) in Lakeland is holding a contest to design the graphics and paint scheme for a modified Zenith 750, which will be named the "Spirit of Lakeland."

ACE is partnering with Able Flight, a unique organization that shares a similar belief that learning to fly is a life changing experience. This partnership will enable those with physical disabilities an opportunity to earn their Light Sport Pilot Certificate in a customized aircraft that meets their physical needs, instruction from volunteer certified instructors, and the ability to continue experiencing the joy and independence of flight.

ACE students ranging in age from 8 to 18 are building the aircraft on their Lakeland Campus on the Sun 'n Fun Campus at Linder International Airport. The winner of the paint design contest will be invited to the unveiling of the aircraft during the 2020 Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo and will receive a swag bag and four Expo weekly passes, including parking and preferred seating.


The design entry deadline is Nov.15 and people may submit multiple entries. Blank entry templates can be downloaded from

Entries should be emailed to [email protected], dropped off to Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum or mailed to them at 4175 Medulla Rd. Lakeland, FL 33811. Please be sure to include your name and contact info. Subject line should be ACE Airplane Design Contest. Entries become the property of ACE, which reserves the right to modify the design as necessary.

The mission of ACE is to engage, educate and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals. Able Flight's success in engaging and educating individuals with disabilities in flight training is unparalleled.


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