New aviation program to Troy University

Published 05/08 2014 06:48PM

Updated 05/08 2014 08:22PM

A major announcement today by leaders at Troy University.

They are partnering up with a helicopter company to bring the university an aviation program.

Troy University announced they will be partnering up with a helicopter company to bring the university an aviation program.

Mauna Loa Helicopters searched the nation to find the perfect fit for a partnership. The company wanted to bring an aviation program to a university and Troy was the perfect spot.

"We looked in the state of Hawaii we looked in the west coast and we looked in the Midwest and what we found here in Troy was truly unique," said Benjamin Fouts, CEO of Mauna Loa Helicopters.

This will be the university’s first flight training program and it will provide a minor in aviation operations.

Students can choose an associate’s degree or the four year Bachelor of Applied Science.

"Historically the military has trained 80 percent of civilian pilots. They got their start in the military and that whole program or that whole ratio has really reversed itself,” said Fouts. “Were now 70-80 percent are coming through civilian flight schools. So were excited to bring this program to Troy and have this as an offering for the next and upcoming generation."

With the increasing demand for pilots this is the perfect opportunity for students to obtain their license. They can pursue the helicopter flight training or the airplane flight training emphasis. But whichever option they chose they’re both great for Troy University.

"It’s about need when you look at the future of aviation you see great opportunities. Its predicted within the next few years more than 90 thousand pilots just in north America in helicopter and fixed wing will be required," said Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins.

The program will take on its first class this fall and for more information you can visit http:// for more information.

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