A message from the Chairman.

   On October 27th  we had the honor of hosting Claude “Spud” James at the flight academy.  Mr James is the only living son of General Chappie James.  I had the honor and privilege to know and have a personal relationship with the late Lt General Danny James III over the last several years  before his untimely death in August 2017.   Having the support of the James family behind our efforts is a special endorsement of the great work all of you have been doing for the youth in the Pensacola community over the past two decades.  We will continue to do the work of providing a great program for the youth and inspiring them in the tradition of General Daniel Chappie James Jr.

Also on October 27th we partnered with our good friends of the Pensacola Chapter of the EAA at the AOPA regional flyin at the Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores Alabama.  Board member and UPS MD-11 first officer Mike Fowlkes led our team at that event.  This collaboration served to introduce our flight academy to the general aviation community.  We handed out brochures about our program and mingled with other pilots and aviation enthusiast. 

We will soon wrap up our fall class series at the flight academy around the first of December.  We will break for the holidays and prepare for 2019.  We have some exciting things planned for next year and hope you will be a part of it.

Captain Cliff Curtis                                                                                                                                                           

 Academy Director



Registration for the 2019 Summer Aviation Camp will begin January 1, 2019.  Program dates are June 10-15.

We will begin accepting applications for our annual Summer Camp on January 1, 2019.  The application will be available at that time by clicking the tab on the left of this message.  We will accept 35 boys and girls ages 13-18 on a first come first serve basis.   This one week program will take place June 10-15.  This is our gold standard summer experience and will include a orientation flight on graduation day,  exciting field trips and many activities.  The cost for this summer program is FREE !!!  


Daniel "Chappie" James Jr.


First African American Four Star General of the Air Force.

Fighter Pilot

Birth & Death Date

February 11,1920 - February 25, 1978


Graduate of Tuskegee Institute with a degree in Physical Education.

Place of Birth

Pensacola, FL


"The power of excellence is overwhelming. It is always in demand and nobody cares about its color."

Hey all you kids in Pensacola,  are you interested in learning about aviation.  Ever wondered how planes really fly?  Do you want to expand your knowledge about Science, Engineering, Technology and Math.  The General Daniel Chappie James Flight Academy is for you !!  Click on the video to the left to see what you are missing then contact us on our website gdcjfacademy@gmail.com