Grove City high school student Isaac Carter to attend elite Navy summer flight academy
Most students still in high school look forward to summer vacation.
Upon returning to Grove City High School in the fall, current junior Isaac Carter will have a private pilot license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Carter is one of 20 high-achieving juniors and seniors from across the United States selected to attend the U.S. Navy Summer Flight Academy at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware, from June 12 through August 5, according to a statement from Navy press. .
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Carter said. “I think all of this experience is going to help me build my resume and I’ll get my private pilot’s license. I’m grateful and grateful to my parents (Kevin and Alicia Carter) for supporting me.”
The Department of the Navy sponsors the Summer Flight Academy for students attending the Navy and Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, according to the release.
The Navy is partnering with select universities across the country to provide flight training, a $24,000 value provided free to students, according to the release.
Program participants were selected from approximately 600 Junior Navy ROTC programs, said Dustin Martin, GCHS Navy Junior ROTC advisor. About eight members of the local Junior ROTC applied, Martin said.
Carter said the application process included a physical fitness test and an online exam covering math, science and reasoning.
Martin said Carter was the captain of the GCHS football and wrestling teams and had a GPA of around 4.5. He will be the senior junior ROTC caddy in the fall.
“He’s kind of like a superstar,” Martin said.
Although he’s flown in commercial airliners, Carter said he’s yet to fly in a single-engine plane, the type that will be used in the Summer Flight Academy.
That will change by the fall, he said.
He must spend 47 hours in the cockpit of single-engine aircraft, including 17 hours alone.
Carter said his goal is to gain admission to one of the four major US service academies – the US Naval Academy, the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, the US Air Force Academy or the US Coast Guard Academy.
Failing that, he said, he would work for an ROTC scholarship in one of the military programs — preferably the Navy, if possible — to achieve his goal of becoming a commissioned officer.
After learning of his acceptance into the flight academy in December, Carter said his mother bought him a flight simulator for Christmas.
The flight academy sent Carter material to read before flight lessons and mentioned a flight simulator as a valuable resource, he said.
The possibility of a career in aviation was something Carter said he hadn’t considered until Miller told him about the flight academy entrance exam in November.
“But now I think of it as a legitimate career for me,” he said.