A message from the Chairman of the Board

    I would like to thank the City of Pensacola for making this new home of ours a reality.  We are now able to provide a premier aviation experience for our youth year round.  As you know we have already had a successful first continuing aviation series this past August.   On September 29th we will begin our second series which will also be a Saturday program that will run through mid November.  Details of this session can be found on the calendar of events section.  I recently had a conversation with NASA in Houston Texas and we are excited to announce that they will partner with us to bring the NASA experience to our program.  Students will be able to participate in NASA activities, speak to pilots and astronaunts via skype and follow NASA space station programs in real time.  Our goal is to have this experience up and running in the spring.  We are in need of some resources for the academy and we welcome the community to consider donating to the flight academy.  We are a all volunteer staff and all funds will go directly towards providing more simulators, multi media equipment and other needed items to make the most of the student experience.  Please visit our Donate page for details on how you can help.  We are excited about our future and invite you to join us to make Chappie James Flight Academy the best program in the City.

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."

The General Daniel Chappie James Flight Academy will be hosting a fundraiser alongside the Chappie James Museum in February 2019.  Details about the fundraiser will be available soon. Continue to visit this website for details.  The public is invited to attend.  All funds raised will go directly to the programs we host for the kids participating in our program and the community at large.