Decision to Resurrect University’s Pilot Training Degree will benefit from recent FAA Qualification Regulation

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ARTICLE: Auburn University to Maintain Both Aviation Programs

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Responding to pressure from Auburn aviation alumni, students and future students (according to a source quoted in the attached article), Provost Timothy Boosinger announced that the University has reversed its earlier decision to eliminate its flight training department. The Provost stated:

“During the past few months, we conducted an evaluation process that examined several options…The decision to keep both degree programs allows us to develop exciting future plans for Auburn aviation. We appreciate your enthusiastic support of these programs and we count on your continued support in the future.”

The academic review concluded that better facilities and more qualified faculty are predicates to moving the program forward.

The university should be able to capture some of the increased demand for highly trained pilots and that should make this a wise decision. Oddly enough, the article did not mention this critical regulatory change which increases the need for academically qualified pilots.

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