Top Hawk is leading the way for collegiate aviation programs to continue training the next generation of pilots. Top Hawk is a partnership between Textron Aviation and top university aviation schools to provide students with access to the world’s most popular trainer, the Cessna® Skyhawk®, and provide unique internship opportunities with the world’s leading general aviation manufacturer.
Select universities will participate in Top Hawk to promote general aviation and connect future pilots to higher education. Universities will receive a factory new, custom branded Cessna Skyhawk to use for the duration of the program to promote aviation at air shows, aviation contests, and recruiting events. Top Hawk aircraft also allow schools to showcase their connection to Textron Aviation’s reputable internship program and support discovery flights and learn to fly programs.
Congratulations to Auburn University, Eastern Kentucky University, Louisiana Tech University, Ohio State University and Southern Illinois University, who are participating in the 2017 Top Hawk program to promote general aviation and connect future pilots to higher education!
For over 75 years, Auburn University’s Aviation Education programs have produced some of the aviation industry’s top professionals as well as thousands of competent, well-rounded pilots. From Aerospace Engineering to Professional Flight and Aviation Management, students at Auburn University receive superb training, both in the skies and in the classrooms. Professors, instructors, and Alumni are always excited to share their rich industry experience with their students as well as mentor them as they navigate their respective career paths. Auburn is also on the cutting edge of technology with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as it is the first university to receive the 333 exemption from the FAA to provide Flight Instruction. Although primarily known for SEC football, Auburn has a rich aviation history dating back to the Wright Brothers in 1907. The flight program is AABI-accredited, offers the R-ATP, has internal examining authority, and maintains close partnerships throughout the industry, including major airlines and aviation leaders around the globe. This year, Auburn University celebrates more than 75 years of flight education at the University-owned Auburn University Regional Airport. In the next couple of years, the university will soar to new heights with the completion of a new state-of-the-art Aviation Education Facility. Come visit the ‘loveliest village on the plains’ and become a part of an everlasting history.
Eastern Kentucky University
As the only program of its kind in Kentucky, EKU Aviation provides the aerospace industry with the best trained and safest professional pilots, and the most forward thinking managers coming out of academia today. Students who earn their degree in professional flight attain FAA certifications as a private pilot, commercial pilot, an instrument rating, certified flight instructor-instrument (CFI, CFII) and multi-engine ratings (MEI). Before graduation, our students will log approximately 250 flight hours via the fixed-base operator at Central Kentucky Regional Airport, managed by EKU. Our aerospace management option, designed for students who want to work in aviation, includes courses designed to prepare students for employment in a wide variety of aerospace businesses.
Louisiana Tech University
As a selective admissions, comprehensive public university, Louisiana Tech is committed to quality in teaching, research, creative activity, public service, and economic development. Louisiana Tech maintains as its highest priority the education and development of its students in a challenging, yet safe and supportive, community of learners. Louisiana Tech provides a technology-rich, interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research environment to ensure student and faculty success. Beginning in 1967, the Department of Professional Aviation at Louisiana Tech was the first university FAR Part 141 aviation program to be recognized in the Southwest Region and the second in the nation. The program has grown from an initial 12 students to over 200 today. Starting with two leased aircraft, the Department now owns and operates 13 Cessna aircraft, one Frasca Level 6 Flight Training Device and four Advanced Aviation Training Devices. Both Bachelor of Science degree programs in Professional Aviation and Aviation Management are accredited through the Aviation Accreditation Board International.
Ohio State University
Aviation at The Ohio State University was initially established in 1917 by the United States War Department when OSU was designated a School of Military Aeronautics to train pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians for their services in World War I. Today, almost a century later, The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies was honored as the 2015 and 2016 recipient of the Loening Trophy, a perpetual trophy awarded annually to the overall best collegiate aviation program in the nation. Ohio State Aviation offers three Bachelor’s degree programs in Aviation Management, Air Transportation, and Flight. The Professional Pilot program uses a fleet of both standard cockpit and G1000 Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft for Private and Instrument Ratings, complex aircraft for single-engine Commercial Ratings, and a Cessna 310 for Multiengine Ratings. Aspiring aviators are trained to elite Part 141 standards at The Ohio State University Airport, the nation’s leading university-owned and operated general aviation airport. A developed outreach program, tremendous alumni base, abundance of connections to industry leaders, and a variety of internship opportunities shape students into premier aviation professionals.
Southern Illinois University
SIU Aviation offers a comprehensive aviation program offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in aviation. SIU Aviation has three different undergraduate majors including Aviation Flight, Aviation Management and Aviation Technologies. With nearly 200 students flying an all Cessna fleet of 36 aircraft, Aviation Flight at Southern Illinois University provides the highest quality flight training in the nation. As an AABI accredited institution with R-ATP qualifications, multiple degree programs, and strong industry partnerships, SIU’s Department of Aviation Flight produces graduates well suited for careers in aviation.
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