A message from the Chairman.

   The Staff and volunteers of the Chappie James Flight Academy wishes you all a Happy Holiday season.  We are closing out 2018 with a bang.  We are now in our new facility and we are offering year round aviation fun and learning for the youth of the Pensacola community.  We have had great support of many people and organizations this past year and we are poised to launch a host of new programs and exciting classes for 2019.  On Jan 1, we will begin taking applications for our summer Camp scheduled for June 10-15.  Please look for a new application on this website at that time.  On February 9th we will partner with the Chappie James Museum for a start of the year Gala.   Mr. Claude Spud James who is the only living son of General Daniel Chappie James will be the keynote speaker and our own flight academy alumnus Joseph Young of Delta Airlines will speak on behalf of the flight academy. We hope you will plan to attend.  Ticket information will be available very soon. We have much work to do in 2019 and we look forward to working with our team to build on the great legacy of General Daniel Chappie James Jr.

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