adventure begins aboard ambition


Located adjacent to the National Naval Aviation Museum, the National Flight Academy is a 102,000 sq. ft. four-story structure designed to be fully and intensively immersive. The NFA’s adventure begins with our landlocked, virtual aircraft carrier, AMBITION (CVT-11). Each deck of AMBITION is designed scenically and theatrically to simulate a modern aircraft carrier. The main deck houses the galley, mess deck, administrative spaces and the aircraft hangar bays. The first deck is dedicated to academic spaces including the operations and intelligence centers.  The second and third decks house berthing (sleeping quarters), teambuilding compartments and activity rooms. The facility is designed in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Security personnel monitor through video surveillance and on-site patrols of the entire ship (the facility) on a 24-hour basis. 

A Day in the life of an AXP

Every day the schedule begins at 0630 with reveille. AMBITION eXperimental Pilots (AXPs) are given time for a shower and personal care, nutritious breakfast, and called to their assigned stations by 0800. AXPs will be briefed on the day’s action-packed mission and will work together to create a master plan, flight map, and debrief following the completion of every mission. Each mission will test AXPs’ mental agility, preparedness, and communication skills, while demonstrating the importance of teamwork and goal completion. Through consistent simulator experience and immersive role-play, AXPs will have ample opportunity to see firsthand how those in naval aviation respond to and avert emergencies in real life. Later on, AXPs will also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the famous Blue Angels (when available) practice barrel rolls and aerobatic formations with an unobstructed, front row view of the fun!

Following an action-packed week, the AMBITION eXperimental Pilots squadron Commanders and the Captain will host a graduation ceremony to celebrate the AXPs’ major accomplishments. The ceremony will include awards, personal recognition, and inspiring activities surrounding this exciting accomplishment.  Family and friends are invited to attend graduation ceremonies.

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