Kent State and Premier Flight Academy Launch Innovative Flight Training Certificate Program


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Kent State University and Premier Flight Academy have partnered to create a groundbreaking, comprehensive and highly concentrated flight training program specifically targeted to international students from India. The noncredit workshop culminates with students receiving a commercial pilot certificate with a multiengine rating.

Dr. I Richmond Nettey, associate dean of Kent State's College of Technology and senior academic program director of aeronautics, views the new partnership as a critical global presence for Kent State in international air transportation.

Dr. I Richmond Nettey, associate dean of Kent State's College of Technology and senior academic program director of aeronautics, views the new partnership as a critical global presence for Kent State in international air transportation.

Offered by Kent State’s Aeronautics Program through the university’s College of Continuing Studies, the program will be housed at Premier Flight Academy’s Akron-Fulton Municipal Airport location. It will be taught by Premier’s flight instructors, under a chief instructor who is an alumnus of Kent State’s aviation program and using a curriculum guided by Kent State and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The program is open to international students from India who want to benefit from the high caliber of flight education associated with Kent State but not participate in the traditional, four-year degree options in aeronautics currently offered by the university. Most students will complete the certificate program within seven to nine months. They then will return to India to serve as professional pilots in the rapidly growing airline system there.

“This new venture provides a critical global presence in the strategically important area of international air transportation for Kent State University,” says Dr. I. Richmond Nettey, associate dean of Kent State’s College of Technology and senior academic program director of aeronautics. “The need to offer this concentrated flight training program became clearly defined during the United States-India Aviation Partnership Summit in New Delhi last April (2007). India is a leading nation in terms of projected global growth in commercial airline service, and the summit was quite clear about the United States’ national interest in working collaboratively with India to meet this projected demand through flight education.”

“To the best of our knowledge, this type of entrepreneurial partnership between a public university and private industry for flight training is unique,” says Jeff Kressin, president of Premier Flight Academy. “We’re thrilled to partner with Kent State in this opportunity to meet a growing need for safe and successful flight training for international pilots.”

Classes officially will begin in summer 2008.

With a combination of flight training, aeronautics courses, use of the university's airport and the largest fleet of university aircraft in Ohio, Kent State’s Aeronautics Program is recognized as one of the top flight schools and best university aviation programs in the country by major airlines and the military. A Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics is available in five areas of concentration: aeronautical studies, aeronautical systems engineering technology, air traffic control, aviation management and flight technology. Kent State’s Aeronautics Program remains the first and only accredited university aviation program in Ohio, the birthplace of aviation.

With locations at Burke Lakefront Airport and Akron-Fulton Municipal Airport, Premier Flight Academy boasts a signature brand noted for its distinctive focus on safety and service. The company’s fleet includes the most modern and exciting aircraft in Northeast Ohio, supported by the most advanced simulator in the region.

To learn more about the organizations, visit the Kent State Aeronautics Program Web site or the Premier Flight Academy site.

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