Heads up on Saturday, September 28, as UVU’s School of Aviation Sciences celebrates its 25th anniversary with its first ever true Fly-In.
Fly-ins, an event where guests literally arrive by plane, have been held since the early 1900s for the purpose of bringing aviation enthusiasts together for social events, meetings, competitions or fundraising. Don’t have your own private plane? No worries. The public is invited to arrive by automobile, bicycle, or on foot. UVU’s event, held at the Provo Municipal Airport (KPVU), will include breakfast and lunch, static aircraft displays, facility tours and two renowned guest speakers:
Gil Bertelson – retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and former SR-71 Blackbird Pilot
Rod Machado – pilot, aviation enthusiast, author of flight training materials
Some of the planes to be displayed include the Nanchang CJ-6, which is the Chinese equivalent of the Russian Yak trainer, and the Stearman, the primary trainer for America’s pilots during World War II.
UVU’s School of Aviation Sciences, which has been called Utah’s premier flight school and recently made AOPA’s flight school honor roll, has soared from its humble beginnings in 1988 with donated aircraft in a small, leased hangar. UVU purchased their first Diamond in 1994 and currently maintains a fleet of some 23 aircraft and 5 flight simulation devices. The program is housed by an impressive facility at Provo Municipal Airport, ideal for flight training and classroom instruction. In 2012 the program was officially recognized as the School of Aviation Sciences and was repositioned under the College of Aviation and Public Services (CAPS).
Highlights of the past 25 years include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Recently attained FAA Part 141 Certification, which requires a thorough review by
the FAA of the entire flight training operation. Upon meeting their standards, their
141 “stamp of approval” allows UVU to train & certify students in fewer hours and
increases the program’s credibility.
• A modern fleet of 23 Diamond Aircraft, which allows UVU students to log more hours in Diamonds than any other flight school in the nation.
• An impressive maintenance facility which speaks to a strong commitment to safety and is a certified FAA Part 145 aircraft repair station for Diamond Aircraft.
• Excellent job placement rate with 85% of graduates surveyed working in an aviation-related field, some of which include airlines, military, government agencies, and corporations.
• A dedicated Safety Officer, providing a level of oversight and reporting matched by few institutions.