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UCA, City Partner on Flight Training Program

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The University of Central Arkansas said Wednesday that it is partnering with the city of Conway and the Conway Regional Airport to start a new aviation academy beginning in March.

The UCA Aviation Academy will result in private and commercial aviation training, ratings and licensure. It will be operated by the UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement and conducted in partnership with Central Flying Service of Little Rock.

Enrollment will be open to anyone 17 years or older regardless of university student status. Grants and aid will be available for many with all military and veterans able to use GI Bill or military tuition assistance for the program.

Students will have ground school opportunities beginning in March with flight training thereafter at the Conway Regional Airport in Tecnam aircraft.

The nation faces a shortage of pilots. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the aviation industry will see a projected average of 17,000 openings annually for airline and commercial pilots over the next decade.

UCA said the part 141 flight school will offer training and certification in private pilot, instrument rating and commercial pilot. All licenses and ratings will have full certification and accreditation from the Federal Aviation Administration, it said.

“The flexibility of this academy allows students to first pursue their workforce training needs if that is their main goal but also provides them a path to continue or pursue other degree options with the university if desired,” UCA President Houston Davis said in a news release. “Many students may prioritize securing their commercial pilot certificate to immediately work in the industry while other students will choose to attend UCA for another degree but also want to do their pilot training while in college. This innovative program is a win for the students, the industry, the city, the state and the university.”

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