New Flight Program To Take Off At Troy

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By Sarah Cantey

 A major announcement in Troy today- a new partnership is creating the university's first flight training program and potentially the first one of it's kind for high school students in the country. 

 
Hawaii-based Mauna Loa helicopters is partnering with Troy University and the City of Troy to start a new flight training program. This is also a unique partnership with Pike County Schools.
 
Because, students will be able to get their associates degree through the University, as well as their private pilot certificate and their high school diploma. 
 
 
Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. said, "Now that there is declining emphasis in the military with the downsizing, I think that more of that burden will shift in terms of pilot preparation to the civilian community. So this program is needed and will be increasingly needed." 
 
The program's going to start small in the fall with two airplanes and three helicopters for about 40 university students and five high schoolers.
 
University students will be able to earn their minor in aviation operations and will choose a helicopter or airplane emphasis earning a private pilot and commercial pilot certificate. 


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