Those students who are training to learn how to fly will have the chance to take their education even further thanks to a new initiative launched by Cessna. With the help of Liberty University, the company will be allowing students to use their flight training courses to make progress toward an aeronautics degree.
Flight training has its own benefits for those interested in learning the process, but this new program will be crucial for turning the principles absorbed during training into a professional option.
The company manages pilot centers all over the country, and anyone can undergo training at participating locations. The program could even extend to high schoolers looking to orient themselves toward a degree before they've graduated.
In the official press release for the program, the Dean of Liberty University and U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Dave Young described the way that this degree can be helpful in the long run for those looking to stay in the aeronautics industry. The release also notes that more than 100,000 people have been successfully trained to operate a Cessna within the past ten years.
"It's the equivalent of taking online courses, but having a lab for those courses in your own hometown," Young says.
Though Liberty University is based in Virginia, the status of Cessna throughout the country seems to be pretty solid. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that a local university has recently signed on to purchase more than 40 Cessna planes.
The knowledge that one gains through a private charter service may, at least through this initiative, lead to bigger things. Private charter service Easton Aviation LLC is a proud certified user of Cessna aircraft and can help interested individuals begin learning the fundamentals of piloting a single engine aircraft.