Aviation Camp – Session One: June 16-21, 2019; Session Two: June 23-28, 2019
Rising 9th – 12th Grade

Are you thinking about a career in aviation as a pilot? Engineer? Unmanned aircraft operator? Airport manager? Air traffic controller? Corporate aviation? If you are a rising 9th-12th grade student and you would like to learn more about these and other aviation career opportunities, we invite you to attend our Aviation Camp at Auburn University.

The air transportation industry connects the world's economies and the demand for aviation professionals has never been stronger. Auburn University has been a leader in aviation education since the early 1940s and is proud to offer this youth program to begin developing the next generation of global aviation leaders.

Working with faculty and staff from Auburn's Aviation Center and Auburn University Regional Airport, the Harbert College of Business, and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, participants will experience a fun-filled week of various hands-on activities and exploring the world of aviation. Field trips, guest speakers, simulator, aircraft, and flight line activities will provide a wide variety of new and eye-opening educational experiences. No prior preparation or classes are required.

Camp participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Campers will have 24/7 counselor supervision.


Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories or the Quad dorms. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Campers will have various meal options for breakfast and lunch in The Student Center. Dinner is held in The Terrell Dining facility, where campers will have unlimited options of a buffet-style meal.


Aviation Camp is hosted at Auburn University’s Regional Airport.

James Birdsong
Dr. James Birdsong

A career Air Force officer, James served as a command C-130 pilot, headquarters staff officer, academic instructor, and squadron operations officer. He has held various positions in finance, operations, safety, systems acquisition, and strategic planning, and has extensive international experience working in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America.

He currently teaches meteorology, air transport economics, and operations management courses, and is the faculty lead for the youth aviation summer enrichment program. Prior to his current position, James led Auburn's Summer Experience youth programs, as well as select professional and continuing education courses.

Camp Fees will be posted when registration opens on December 1, 2018. Camp Fees include the following items:
  • On campus housing
  • All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
  • Program instruction, materials and equipment
  • Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
  • Recreational activities


If a registration is canceled for any reason, the individual or organization making the original CAMP FEE payment will receive:

  1. A full refund, with a $25 administrative fee deduction, if the cancellation request is received at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the program;
  2. A refund of 50%, if the cancellation request is received less than 4 weeks prior but at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date;
  3. No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the program.

Note: A registration may be transferred to another person at any time for a $25 transfer fee.

Last Updated: October 16, 2018