UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force Academy Airfield has increased its sortie rate during summer aviation activities, which started in late May and will continue through the first week of August due to training requirements.<br /> <br /> The 306th Flying Training Group provides Airmanship Training during the summer to more than 1,000 cadets in soaring, powered flight, and parachute operations at the Academy Airfield and within the local area. The Airmanship programs are a vital mission element supporting the Academy's mission of "Developing Leaders of Character."<br /> <br /> Days and hours of increased flying activity during the summer are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. These hours will be reduced in early August when the Academy's academic year begins. <br /> <br /> Academy aircraft include fixed-wing aircraft, gliders and parachute teams. <br /> <br /> “Our summer flying programs have been a significant part of the education we offer for more than 50 years,” said Col. Joseph Rizzuto, 306h FTG commander. “We sincerely appreciate the continuing cooperation and support of our good neighbors in Colorado Springs and surrounding communities.” <br /> <br /> Those with questions or concerns may call the Academy’s Public Affairs office at 719-333-7475.