Meet New NASEI CEO Will Fortune

On Thursday, February 23rd, with an overwhelming “yes” vote from the board, Commander Will Fortune joined the National Air+Space Academy as CEO.  Will is a former Naval aviator, who left the service after ten plus years of active duty.  Since then, he has worked for acquisitions for the Navy and returned to active duty to support the U.S. special operation forces in Afghanistan.  He has been a VP for a marketing company, and selected by the Mayor of Lexington to be his Director of Project Management.  He still drills as a Commander in the Navy Reserves.

Because of his background, Will believes in the military’s philosophy of leadership.  He feels that a leader’s purpose is to enable his/her team as they set out to accomplish the mission at hand.  He told the staff  “While I am your CEO, I will expend all my energy to lead from the front, but I will depend on you to do what is necessary to execute our objectives and ensure our success.  It is clear to me that everyone  (staff and volunteers)  is dedicated to NASEI’s mission and we will not fail.”

Please join us in welcoming Will and his family at our “BBQ Fly-In at the Hangar”  on Saturday, March 25, Hangar 7 Bowman Field from 11:30 until 2:00 p.m.

Hangar 7 Students Sweep at SkillsUSA Competition

Skills usa groupHangar 7 students Josh Wate, Dakota Sooter, and Jacob Newman participated in the SkillsUSA State Competition in Somerset, Kentucky this past Friday.  The students competed in various aviation maintenance skills demonstration categories including: hose fabrication, riveting, safety wire, and records(log book entries).

The boys swept the competition with Josh Wate placing first, Dakota Sooter placing second, and Jacob Newman placing third.  Volunteer Larry Mooney worked with the students to prepare them for this event and is very proud to see that they did so well.  Each of the boys won a tool set that was provided by UPS.

By placing first, Josh Wate will represent Hangar 7 in the SkillsUSA  National Competition to be held in Louisville in June.  Well done, gentlemen!

Legacy of Flight October 13th


The parachute was hung in the hangar with care, Larry hoped many guests would attend the fundraiser there.  Bo with his antenna and Edlisa emailing, we’ll meet this year’s goal, there’ll be no failing!  When out on the runway, a plane taxied in, Jason and Mike said, “Let the party begin!”

Please join us at the hangar on October 13th for our annual Legacy of Flight Fundraiser.  We have a wonderful evening planned including dinner and a Silent Auction. This year’s theme is NASA 1960s From Dream to Reality.  Our guest speaker is Astronaut Frank Culbertson, the only American not on the Earth during the 9/11 attacks.

Tickets are still available and cost $680 for a table of 8 or $85 per seat.  Prices will go up after 9/30, so make your reservation soon.  Call 502-452-9010 or email

If you are interested in donating an item for the Silent Auction, please contact Kelly Jo Gay

Air+Space Academy Saturday Labs & “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” Bowman Field Tours! August 13, 2016

On August 13, 2016 Hangar 7 will come back to life as summer academic down time will end and the Air+Space Academy starts back in full swing.   As this 2016/17 academic school year starts we will partner with the “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” and be a stop on the Bowman Field tour as they highlight the history and contributions Bowman Field made during the WWII efforts. Labs will start at 8:30 and the tours will start rotating through at 9:30 a.m until around 5 p.m.  This will be an exciting time to showcase to all visitors our students and the Aerospace program we have and show our projects!  We look forward to seeing everyone back, seeing new faces and meeting new folks as well.  For our students, watch for details of labs via email.  For those wanting more information on “Keep Spirit of ’45 Alive” reservations & information please contact 502.228.5237.

Aerospace Competition Day!


Students from Taylor County HS at 2015 NWDC.

On May 14th, students from Air+Space Academies will descend upon Somerset, KY to participate in three aerospace competitions sponsored by the National Air and Space Education Institute (NASEI). Kellie Baker, manager of the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport is excited to host Air+Space Academy competitions for the 4th straight year. At this event, students will participate in three events:  NASEI Wing Design Competition (aerospace engineering),  NASEI Flight Competition (flight/aeronautics), and Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Challenge (flight/aeronautics). Students have been busy designing wings, practicing flight sim profiles, and operating quad copters through obstacle course.

For more information, please contact NASEI at 502-452-9010.