New Flight College Inks Deal With Tecnam
Central Christian College of Kansas and International Aero Academy announced at Sun ‘n Fun 2018 the formation of the International School of Aerospace. The school will offer four-year and two-year Bachelor and Associate Degree programs in aviation, with accelerated FAA 141 pilot training programs.
Students have the ability to go from zero hours to CFI after just eight months of enrollment, and employment as flight instructors for their first year. The president of the International Aero Academy, Steven Markhoff, hopes this new approach to an aviation career will pave the way for more young domestic student pilots.
Run by former senior airline executives, the new academy and degree program will allow for students to move on to regional airline flying jobs right after college.
Students enrolled in the program are eligible for federal student loans. Markhoff said with the money students make back after flight instructing, logging flight time and earning various ratings, students will end up paying sub-$75,000. Need housing? That's covered, too.
The Lakeland, Florida, campus can dorm 23 students, and the school also helps arrange Airbnb and apartments. Markhoff said they hope to expand this capability as the program gets rolling.
The International School of Aerospace and Aviation purchased an agreement with Tecnam for six P2008 aircraft. The first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018. Markhoff said he believed it was the best decision for the flight school to buy factory-new aircraft.
The P2008s will be equipped with full Garmin avionics suites, and can also be reconfigured to a classic six-pack configuration for training purposes.