CWUAviation NewsAviation News Shear Winter 2019, 07 May 2019 15:10:22<p><a href="/aviation/sites/">Wind Shear Winter 2019</a></p>WIND SHEAR Fall Issue 2018 News Letter, 09 Oct 2018 14:06:21<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" width="410" height="253"></p><p><a href="/aviation/sites/">WIND SHEAR Fall Issue 2018 News Letter</a></p>CWU Aviation Student Jayden Strickland Wins the 2018 RAA Scholorship, 11 Sep 2018 10:48:35<p>Washington, D.C. —&nbsp;The Regional Airline Association, the industry trade association representing North American regional airlines, is proud to announce the awarding of scholarships to four students pursuing a career in the airline industry. RAA’s Associate Member Council selected the four worthy winners, each of whom will receive a $4,000 scholarship.</p><p>RAA is greatly concerned about the financial burden placed on individuals seeking a career as a pilot, or other roles in the airline industry, and is working to find solutions for making a career in aviation more accessible. The scholarship program is one such solution. The four individuals awarded scholarships represent the elite of the exemplary students who applied for the RAA Scholarship.</p><p>This year’s RAA Scholarship winners are:<br>Nicole Lund (University of Nebraska at Omaha), whose goal is to become a regional airline captain.<br>Michael Przysiecki (Bowling Green State University), an Air Force veteran who wants to become an airline pilot.<br>Jayden Strickland (Central Washington University), who is pursuing a career as an airline pilot.<br>Rodney Fleming (Guilford Technical Community College/Embry Riddle University), who is pursuing an airline career.</p><p>&nbsp;<br>“These four recipients – chosen from hundreds of compelling applicants – represent the elite among a very talented group of scholars,” RAA President Faye Malarkey Black said. “Nicole, Jayden, Rodney, Michael and talented aspiring aviation professionals like them will shape the future of our industry. A read through our scholarship applicants this year once again proves today’s aviation students are driven, capable and bright.”</p><p>RAA will highlight each of our winners in greater detail this week on social media and during our Annual Convention in Long Beach, California this month. Please follow us on&nbsp;Twitter,&nbsp;Facebook, &amp;LinkedIn&nbsp;to learn more.</p></br></br></br></br></br>CWU recommends keeping aviation program in Ellensburg, 15 May 2018 07:55:14<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Central Washington University administrators recommend the school keep its aviation program at Bowers Field in Ellensburg and manage the airport in a joint arrangement with the county.</p><p>The CWU Board of Trustees asked staff to research options for the aviation program last fall following the closure of the secondary airport runway. The trustees asked for a plan for Bowers Field, including the purchase or long-term lease of the facility. The trustees also asked for a business plan to move the program to McAllister Field in Yakima.</p><p>The trustees plan to discuss the issue at a meeting next week in Ellensburg.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>Boeing Donates $1 Million to Central Washington University Foundation to Honor CWU Alumnus Ray Conner, 26 Apr 2018 10:38:38<p><a href="">Boeing Donates $1 Million for STEM degrees</a></p>Wind Shear Spring Issue 2018, 25 Apr 2018 10:05:02<p><a href="/aviation/sites/">Wind Shear </a></p>Airlines Recruiting Like Crazy To Address Pilot Shortage, 16 Mar 2018 14:40:32<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 267px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">"Eighteen-year-old high school senior Chase Van Dyk of Enumclaw, Washington, is also excited to contemplate a pilot career. His first choice is to enroll for an aviation degree and airline pilot training at Central Washington University. It’s one of the cheaper options in the Northwest but still pricey for this."</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Northwest Public Broadcasting's Tom Banse</a> reports on pilot recruiting and aviation education in the Northwest.</p><p>Friday, March 16, 2018</p>CWU's Amy Hoover Featured in General Aviation News, 19 Jan 2018 07:53:21<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 338px;"></p><p>If the best way to learn something is to teach it, then one would be wise to look towards Dr. Amy Hoover for flying advice.</p><p>As a long-time professor and twice elected chair (2007-2015) of the Aviation Department at Central Washington University, Hoover’s 30-year career in aviation includes more than 6,000 hours of logged flight time, 3,800 hours of instruction, and an astounding 8,000 hours of classroom teaching.</p><p>Guiding university students during the school year through structured curriculum and into professional careers as pilots and industry managers, Hoover spends her summers in neighboring Idaho, teaching backcountry and mountain flying.</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="" target="_blank">General Aviation News</a>.</p>Celebrate a Bold, New Era of CWU Aviation January 25, 18 Jan 2018 07:51:31<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">There is a lot to celebrate: a shiny new fleet of Piper Archers, an independent flight school, and enduring industry support. At 10:00 a.m. on January 25, Central Washington University’s Department of Aviation will host a celebration to commemorate a new era of independence, and a sustained program of growth and innovation. The event will take place at 1101 Bowers Road, and is free and open to the public.</p><p>Key to the aviation department’s new vigor is the Federal Aviation Administration Part 141 certification for training pilots. For the first time in its history, CWU Aviation can run its own flight school, under its own license.</p><p>"This is what we needed in order to have full control of our flight program," said Paul Ballard, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies. "We now have a stable foundation for preparing private and commercial pilots, and can offer our students even more confidence in our program."</p><p>Prior to the certification, CWU had to contract flight training to commercial schools. A private aviation firm, IASCO, which holds the contract through June 2018, has committed to training the 48 students who entered the program under its auspices. However, no new students have been allowed to seek flight training with IASCO personnel or equipment.</p><p>"All of our current first-year students have started with our new in-house flight school," Ballard commented.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>In addition to the Part 141 certification, CWU began building an aircraft fleet, as IASCO planes can only be used by students registered under the IASCO training program. On September 1, CWU Aviation took possession of six leased aircraft from Midstate Aviation: five Piper Warriors and one Piper Arrow. CWU Aviation is also acquiring brand new aircraft to help build its own fleet: new Piper Archers arrived in mid-December, and additional aircraft orders are underway.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>CWU purchases aircraft to increase airline careers, 29 Nov 2017 08:11:19<p>More people are traveling than ever before, and with the recent wave of retired pilots, plus new FAA regulations, airports and travelers are starting to experience the clash.</p><p>"There's a pilot shortage not just in the United States, theirs <em>[sic]</em> a pilot shortage throughout the world. We've seen this coming, the industry has seen this coming, and it is beginning to have effects now," said Paul Ballard, Dean of The College of Education and Professional Studies.</p><p>Read more of this story at <a href="">KIMA-TV</a>.</p>