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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's (DOTD) Aviation Section is pleased to announce the Louisiana Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camp Program.  DOTD Aviation, in partnership with, Louisiana Airport Managers & Associates (LAMA) and Louisiana Airports, will cosponsor four week-long camps (one each in Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Monroe and Natchitoches) that are aimed at high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 considering a career in aviation. 

During the course of the week, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of aviation career opportunities, from commercial pilot to airport management. They will participate in hands-on activities related to various aviation topics, such as power plants, flight instruments, airports, flight safety, aeronautical charts, airspace, pilot math and leadership training.  The content of the material presented will focus on four major components: airplane and aviator, airport environment, weather environment, and airport design. 

The camp hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – noon.  The camp fee is $200 per participant, with a maximum of 15 participants. DOTD's Aviation section provides sponsorship opportunities with the submittal of an essay on a current aviation topic. Essays must be submitted by May 13, 2013, and the recipient of sponsorship will be notified by mail no later than May 20, 2013.

Essays can be submitted to the following address, and they must be accompanied by a DOTD essay submittal form, found at

LA DOTD – Aviation Section
Attn: Danielle Gaylor
P.O. Box 94245
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9245 

For more information, please visit, where you can complete a registration and code of conduct form to submit to the ACE Camp in the Gonzales area, at the address below.

Louisiana Regional Airport
Janet Gonzales, Airport Manager
6255 Airport Industrial Blvd.
Gonzales, LA 70737
(225) 717-2077
Camp dates: June 3 - 7

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