The FAA has selected eight additional colleges or universities to participate in the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program. Approved colleges and universities in the program prepare and train students interested in a career as an air traffic controller.
The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust–funded in memory of aviation pioneer Emil Buehler–has pledged $2 million toward building an aviation maintenance science building at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus. The 46,000-sq-ft facility, which will be named the Emil Buehler Aviation Maintenance Science building, will serve students enrolled in Embry-Riddle’s Aviation Maintenance Science program.
The Department of Homeland Security is creating a new visa category, M, to replace the J-1 visa, which allows foreign flight school students to train in the U.S. but is set to expire in June 2010. The new visa will be administered by the DHS instead of the State Department, which issues J-1 visas, and all applicants will be subject to TSA criminal background checks.
FlightSafety International plans to build a 33,000-sq-ft Hawker Beechcraft training center in Wichita. The facility will be equipped with classrooms and maintenance training areas. The training company will also be expanding its pilot learning center in Wichita, to include seven new simulator bays and 12 more classrooms.
The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance is seeking applicants for 12 available training and education scholarships, many of which are not restricted to maintenance students or females, although applicants do have to join AWAM. The deadline for entry is November 21.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is adding a center of excellence dedicated to advanced aeronautics and propulsion system research to its College of Engineering in Daytona Beach, Fla. With a $2 million, three-year budget, the center is Embry-Riddle’s contribution to the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP) project.
Frasca International has received several recent orders for its Mentor advanced aviation training device from Lewis University, Pinnacle Aviation, the University of North Dakota and Florida Institute of Technology. The Institute’s two Mentors feature Avidyne FlightMax Entegra avionics, while the others feature the Garmin G1000 system.
Zenda Leather (Booth No. 3275) is exhibiting technology that it claims improves the quality and longevity of custom leather. The 65-year-old tannery’s anti-soiling eZclean technology increases soiling resistance, simplifies the cleaning process, reduces maintenance costs and preserves the properties of leather, the company said, adding that it designed the product by studying the science of soiling.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will be highlighting its new aviation Ph.D. degree program at the NBAA Convention next week. The program will be available online through its Worldwide Campus division, and there will be three available cognates: operations, security and safety, but only operations will be available to students enrolled in the first class in May.
USAIG and NBAA are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their professional development scholarship partnership. The scholarship awards $1,000 to an applicant enrolled full-time in a university offering the NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP).