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A Day of Discovery and Inspiration at the Albert Whitted Airport Second Annual Aerospace Day

Albert Whitted Airport buzzed with excitement and discovery during the second annual Aerospace Day, an event that turned the vastness of space and the intricacies of air travel into an interactive learning playground for Tampa Bay’s youth. Presented by Friends of Albert Whitted Airport (FOAWA) in partnership with St Pete Air and Passage, this year’s event soared to new heights, captivating young minds and fueling their dreams.

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Meet Olivia Silver

From the Army to the Skies: Olivia is Changing the Face of Aviation

As a St. Pete native, Olivia’s journey from being an Army intelligence systems maintainer and advisor to a flight instructor at St. Pete Air is nothing short of extraordinary. Serving in the Army from 2016 to 2021, she found herself in diverse locales – from Georgia, Texas, and Arizona to the vibrant cultures of Europe and South America. Her time at the embassy in Bogota, teaching intelligence officers how to enhance counter-narcotics efforts, wasn’t just a job; it was an incredible journey of cultural immersion and learning.

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Community Airports: Runway to the World

In the dynamic world of aviation, community airports like Albert Whitted Airport play a pivotal role that goes far beyond their physical footprint. These airports are not just transit points; they are gateways to the entire aviation industry, nurturing the next generation of aviation professionals and enthusiasts.

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Cleared for Takeoff

On Feb. 10, Friends of Albert Whitted Airport awarded $166,000 in flight training scholarships to 30 individuals in St. Petersburg, aged 16-24, aiming to support students who face barriers in accessing aviation training. The scholarships are designed to open a local pathway to aviation careers, particularly for those from historically underrepresented groups such as women and minorities.

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Meet Chris Gregory 

Albert Whitted Airport, a hub of aviation enthusiasm and home to the vibrant EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Young Eagles Chapter 1602, plays a pivotal role in nurturing the next generation of aviators. At its heart is Chris Gregory, a dedicated aviation professional and the current chapter president, who found his own passion for flying ignited at this very airport. 

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The Role of Aviation in Children’s STEAM Learning

At Albert Whitted Airport (AWA), the excitement of aviation and the wonders of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education come together. With its rich aviation history and bustling activity, AWA serves as a perfect backdrop for introducing children to the marvels of flight, the principles of STEAM, and a holistic approach to learning that fosters innovation and creativity. This combination is not just about learning to fly; it’s about inspiring young minds through the multidisciplinary world of aviation.Read More

New Murals Unveiled at AWA

St. Pete is poised for an 8th mural district at Albert Whitted Airport

St. Petersburg’s one-of-a-kind downtown waterfront got even more unique with the unveiling of the first two hangar murals at Albert Whitted Airport (AWA). 

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How do you become a pilot?

The journey to becoming a pilot is an exhilarating and rewarding endeavor. Friends of Albert Whitted Airport is passionate about fostering the next generation of aviators. In this guide, we’ll take you through some of the essential steps and milestones on the path to earning your wings and becoming a pilot.

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