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The Aim High Flight Academy (AHFA) is an aviation scholarship for a three-week introductory flight program at various college universities across the country.  

The primary objectives of the flight school are to ensure selected students understand the pathway to becoming an Air Force rated officer, and to aid the increase of an individual’s Pilot Candidate Selection Method score with the completion of up to 15 flight hours.

AFHA pairs unaffiliated youth and cadets nominated by USAFA and AFROTC with Total Force Officers who provide aviation career broadening and mentorship about the various aviation professions and career fields that can be potential pathways to achieving their goals.

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Our 2023 AHFA Locations & Training Partners

California Aeronautical University, CA

Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina

University of North Dakota Mesa, AZ

South Dakota State University, SD

Marion Military Institute, AL

Yokota Aeroclub, Yokota AB, Japan

Oklahoma State University, OK  

Here's a look at AHFA in action:


Check out the Aim High Flight Academy experience..

Who is eligible? Students Like You! Do you want to learn to fly? Are you looking for aviation scholarships or pilot scholarships? We are looking for students who want to AIM HIGH! As a student applicant to the Aim High Flight Academy, the USAF will sponsor a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and learn to fly at a partner university. AHFA is for high school students, ages 16 – 18, or for ROTC and USAFA cadets. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and submit an official transcript with their application. No previous flight experience or flight hours are required.

Once selected for the Aim High Flight Academy, students will have the opportunity to live, dine, and learn how to fly an airplane at various partner universities across the country.

The USAF Aim High Flight Academy and University Aviation teams have decades of aviation experience and are primed to answer questions and provide examples of how exhilarating and gratifying a career in aviation can be. The university instructor staff, certified flight instructors and support staff are experienced educators available to help students navigate potential aviation career opportunities.

What do you get? If selected to participate in the AHFA, you will be matched to a partner university flight training program. You will have the opportunity to live, dine, study, have fun and learn to fly while earning a certificate of completion. Students will experience first class university Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorized flight, ground and simulator training curriculum. In addition to training, the USAF sponsors comfortable campus living arrangements, and access to school services such as dining, fitness and recreation facilities. The university will provide FAA curriculum and in-the-seat aircraft practical experiences to stimulate your interest as a professional aviator. This program does not constitute any military obligations or commitments. It requires students to arrive ready to study with a positive attitude to be successful. Students will be asked to collaborate on small teams, develop professional relationships with staff and students and support your fellow team members. Success in this program may open future USAF aviation experiential learning opportunities. The Air Force selects students based on eligibility criteria, the student’s complete application, and a nomination statement. If students are not selected for the AHFA program, there are other USAF sponsored aviation programs they may be eligible for. 

We look forward to watching you soar at the AHFA! 



Our Application window for Summer 2024 will open tenativley in August 2023. To be notified of the application window Please email:

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Email all general and application questions to the appropriate org box email to ensure your questions are answered in a timely manner.  


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AHFA partners with multiple organizations who share similar missions to empower and engage youth in aviation. A complete list of our partners include:
Aircraft Owners & Pilot Association (AOPA)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
National Gay Pilot Association (NGPA)
Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)
University of Aviation Association (UAA)
Women in Aviation International (WAI)
International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA)
Latino Pilot Association (LPA)
Ninety-Nines (99’s)
Professional Asian Pilot Association (PAPA)
FIRST Robotics
Dee Howard Foundation
Civil Air Patrol (CAP)
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC)
Aviation Community Foundation (ACF)