Bahamian Student Wins Top Award At The Organization Of Black Aerospace Professionals Academy – August 13, 2013
A Nassau student has won the top award among 40 students who participated in the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals’ Aviation Career Education Academics this summer. Hundreds of students apply from all over North America and the Caribbean to partake in the program however, only 40 of the most outstanding students are selected. The week long academy is held in Atlanta, Georgia and is sponsored by Delta Air lines. Only kids ages 13 through 18 may apply to partake in the academy.
Khayton Morley age 15 of Anatol Rogers High School was the only student from the Caribbean to make it into the program. He was presented the Michael Young Award, an honor given only to the most outstanding student in the academy, named after the former Vice President of Community Affairs for Delta Air Lines.
“He was the smartest student in the class,” said Captain Emmanuel Burke, a pilot with UPS Air Lines and director of the ACE Academies in Atlanta. ” We tried to stump him but we couldn’t. He knew every part of the cockpit. He answered all of the questions correctly and was the only student who knew all the answers.”
Khayton will move on to the advanced ACE Academy program which only ten of the top graduates from the ACE Academy are selected to partake in. At the ACE Academy, the students are provided lessons in aviation history, aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, flight training and simulator orientation with FAA qualified flight instructors, and much more.
“I always liked planes but when I knew I wanted to be a pilot I was 11 years old,” Khayton said. He plans to make flying as a commercial pilot his career.
The Bahamas congratulates Khayton and hopes to see him perform just as well in the advanced academy program.