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EKU Aviation Program Highlighted At Capitol

Feb 24, 2017
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Eastern Kentucky University officials participated Thursday in the first Aerospace and Aviation Day event at the state Capitol, highlighting the role the college plays in meeting the command for commercial pilots for years to come .

Assistant Aviation Professor Joe Marthaler said hundreds of thousands of pilots will be needed to fly aircraft over the next 15 years.  EKU’s aviation program, initiated in the early 1980’s, can help out with that. “They can’t fill those spots fast enough right now and that’s what EKU is hoping to tap.”

 

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