(PENSACOLA, Fla.) - You can now fly an aircraft in Pensacola, sort of. The 'ambition' was commissioned on Friday in front of astronauts Mark Kelley and Neil Armstrong.
It's a simulator that allows you to feel what it's like to take the controls of an aircraft. The 'ambition' was designed by the same designers who worked on Universal Studios and Disney World.
"It's like one big video game that you play," said ninth grader Nicholas Martin.
Students spend a week at the academy, learning and applying science and math to the virtual world of flight. A week at the academy can cost up to $1,200, but scholarships are available.
"In this crisis, the country can certainly turn around. And it turns around with places like this," said astronaut Mark Kelley. "like the National Flight Academy that will hopefully, and I'm pretty certain, will encourage tens of thousands of kids that may have otherwise gone in a different direction. It's going to encourage them to go in careers in math and science, and technology."
Inside the academy is a simulated aircraft carrier. The goal is to reignite America's passion for science, engineering, technology and math.