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11/8/2018 Member News

Admiral Farragut Academy Aviation Department is awarded $5,000 grant by American Airlines





Admiral Farragut Academy Aviation Department is awarded $5,000 grant by American Airlines


Saint Petersburg, Florida – Admiral Farragut Academy (Farragut) was one of 17 aviation focused schools and organizations around the country awarded with a grant by American Airlines because of its dedication to training the next generation of aviators.


The $5,000 grant to Farragut will enhance the Lower School Aviation experience and give its younger students the opportunity to train in the aviation classroom and then log flight time in an actual aircraft. Right now, the Aviation Program only serves students 9th-12th grade.


On December 12, 2018, Farragut Aviation Program Director Rob Ewing, along with Aviation instructor Jose Hercher, will fly to Dallas, Texas for the awards luncheon.


“The goal of the Aviation Program at Admiral Farragut Academy has always been to educate our students on the incredible number of career options in the field of Aviation. By exposing the Lower School students to Aviation early in their academic journey, we hope to foster a love of learning that will carry through to our Upper School program and beyond. This grant represents a unique opportunity for our students to get first-hand experience at the controls of an aircraft in flight and to apply math and science concepts in a dynamic learning environment,” said Ewing.


View Press Release by American Airlines

More Pictures of Aviation at Farragut


For questions or more information please Rob Ewing at or call (727) 384-5500 ext 244.




About Admiral Farragut Academy - Admiral Farragut Academy, established in 1933, is a private, college prep school serving students in grades PreK-­12 with an international boarding program for students in grades 8­-12. Farragut is world-renowned for its signature academic programs including Aviation (including Dual Enrollment with Embry-­Riddle Aeronautical University), Engineering, Naval Science, Leadership, Scuba Diving, and Marine Science. The campus for the 501(c)3 tax-exempt school is located on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg. For more information about the school, call (727) 384-­5500, or visit:

About Aviation at Admiral Farragut Academy - More than 500 Farragut 9th-12th grade students have received flight training. Farragut has a state-of-the-art, on-campus aviation ground school facility which houses three Basic Aircraft Training Devices (BATD) which replicate the Cessna 172 aircraft with standard instruments and Garmin 1000 glass panels. Two hours are allotted during the academic day for flight training at Albert Whitted Airport in downtown St. Petersburg. In addition, Farragut offers a dual enrollment college classes through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which gives our Aviation students the chance to gain at least five college credits. Once students reach the age of 17, they are able to earn their private pilot license and more than 30 students have completed it. More than 100 students have matriculated to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and approximately 15% of our Aviation graduates have gone on to fly in the military or in the commercial sector. Learn more at