A total of 80 foreign students from an Irish flight school are stranded in Florida after a financial dispute between the Irish school and its American contractor ended their training last week. The students, some of whom paid Pilot Training College more than $100,000 for courses that are conducted by the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) at its flight training campus in Melbourne, had completed only a fraction of their course before FIT stopped their classes. According to the Irish Times, the Florida school claims the Irish school owes it money and the Irish school says it's suing the Florida school. "Everything I've been working for in the past 10 months has been ripped apart," student John Rawluk told the newspaper.
Meanwhile, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has suspended the PTC's license pending a restructuring bid and the Irish government says there is no aid available for the students. Meanwhile FIT says it's trying to work something out with the students but it's rejecting any notion that it's the bad guy in the mess. "Florida Tech recently ended its relationship with PTC after the organization quit paying its bills, including costs for flight training and room and board. Currently, PTC owes the university approximately $1.2 million," said a FIT spokesman. "Any assertion that Florida Tech has failed to act professionally or otherwise appropriately throughout its relationship with PTC is false."