Anthis Aviation program receives FAA approval - September 21, 2007
The Aviation Powerplant Technician Program at Anthis Career Center received Federal Aviation Administration certification this month. The designation means students can obtain a federal license while receiving both high school and college credit, making it the only such program in the state and one of only a few such programs throughout the country. The program is a combined effort of Anthis, local business and the aviation industry. The 1,150 contact-hours course of study is designed to satisfy all FAA criteria for the professional power plant (engines and related systems) certification. The certification gives students the opportunity to become an aviation maintenance technician - the professional who inspects and maintains aircraft engines. Instruction for the program is provided by an FAA-certified instructor from Ivy Tech Community College. By the time a student involved in this program graduates from high school, they will be half-way to their associates degree and just a year away from obtaining an Airframe License, said Bob Roebuck, Anthis Assistant Principal. The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance heavily supported the program as a way to encourage building a trained workforce that would attract business and industry to Northeast Indiana. Those efforts have already been successful. The program began at Kitty Hawk Distribution Center four years ago, and FWCS contract with Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) to teach the classes. This year, the program moved to Ivy Tech's new Aviation Technology Building at Smith Field, which will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Having a state-of-the-art facility for students to work in is a wonderful way to learn this trade, Roebuck said. This is truly a gem for the community, and we are excited about our new partnership with Ivy Tech.