Fractional-ownership pioneer NetJets continues its financial support of the Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, donating $1.2 million toward an airport-modernization project. NetJets focused its support on the new Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Learning Center. NetJets branding will be prominent in the main lobby and the observation deck, which features a Piper J3 Cub hanging from the ceiling.
Beginning operation during World War II, the airport has filled the role of “learning lab for future professionals, a hub of research, and a highly regarded facility for civilian and small-business aircraft,” according to the airport authority. NetJets executive v-p of operations Alan Bobo said, “The new observation deck and lobby will welcome passengers to the city of Columbus, where NetJets’ headquarters has been based for more than 50 years.”
The two-story, 29,500-sq-ft terminal and education center houses flight school classrooms and simulators, a student flight hub, private aviation services, administrative offices, and meeting rooms. The observation deck’s large windows overlooking the airport have proven popular among children throughout the Columbus community, the airport reports.
Looking back, NetJets donated $2 million in 2011 to establish Ohio State University’s Center for Aviation Studies. In 2015, NetJets added a $1 million donation to support faculty leadership positions, NextGen research, and internship opportunities. And last year, NetJets donated seven Cessna 172 Skyhawks to the OSU flight training program.