Reporting about the pilot shortage is a staple of the aviation news biz. While there's no doubt it's real, less certain is whether aviation education can satisfy the demand.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universitys Gaetz Aerospace Institute will be expanding its concurrent enrollment program offering accelerated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses for high school students to schools in Ohio and Louisiana this year. The program allows students to get both high school and college credit for successfully completed classes.
AVwebs weekly news roundup found reports on the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals Annual Convention and Career Expo, new scholarships for female helicopter pilots, a warranty extension on Superior Air Parts Millennium Cylinders and a service center network expansion for RAJAY Turbo Products.
With an expectation to hire 8,000 pilots over the next 10 years, Delta this week announced it has developed new career-path options to help ensure it has plenty of applicants for those jobs. The program comprises a college path, a company path and a community outreach effort to identify and support aspiring pilots in kindergarten through high school.
The University of North Dakota (UND) has partnered with United Airlines to create a career pipeline program for its flight students. Through the Career Pathway Program (CPP), graduates of UNDs Professional Flight Program now have a direct path to Uniteds regional partners.
A Canadian company has bought the bankrupt Dowling College at Long Islands Brookhaven Airport and plans to rebuild the schools aviation academic and technical offerings with a focus on aeronautical engineering. The colleges 105-acre campus is adjacent to and has access to Brookhavens two 4000-foot runways and has a hangar, a dormitory, classrooms and a library. The school was founded in 1968, but lost accreditation in 2016.
Many college and university flight students have an advantage over students who train outside the university system: federal loans. The Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) is working on bringing back a flight school accreditation program that they believe has the potential to change that.