College of Aeronautics meets industry demands

University aviation school expands to offer full-range of programs

Lynn University today announced it will offer a full-range of aviation training services with the newly expanded Burton D. Morgan College of Aeronautics. The program formerly was housed under the College of Business and Management as the School of Aeronautics and focused on air travel business practices.

Lynn College of Aeronautics Dean Jeff Johnson says industry demand drove the change. “Not only has Lynn’s program grown to a size consistent with other colleges on campus, but recent changes to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements, a shifting workforce and the closure of two local flight training programs has created greater need for technical training in our area.”

Lynn students gain in-flight and on-the-ground training.
Lynn students gain in-flight and on-the-ground training.

According to the 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, between now and 2035, the aviation industry will need more than two million new personnel—617,000 commercial airline pilots, 679,000 maintenance technicians and 814,000 cabin crew members. The report notes economic expansion, demand for locally sourced and qualified pilots, extended maintenance checks and improvements to cabin operations as reasons for the need.

The College of Aeronautics’ degree programs will now comprise 60 or more credit hours of aviation-related coursework, which is intended to qualify students for the FAA restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating upon completion of 1,000 flying hours. This allows graduates to serve as a crew member in a scheduled airline or Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 charter operator to complete the FAA’s unrestricted ATP 1,500-hour requirement.

“It’s imperative that our students are trained for future industry needs,” says Johnson. “Additionally, Lynn’s investment in state-of-the-art training facilities and tools, like the recently acquired RedBird AATD flight simulator, allows us to offer aviation training services that rival some of the nation’s top programs.”

In addition to gaining in-flight experience at Lynn’s Boca Raton Airport facilities, students will take courses in airport, fixed-base and aviation operations. The College of Aeronautics offers a Bachelor of Science in aviation management, aviation operations, air traffic control, aviation security and professional piloting, as well as an Associate of Arts in aviation.

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