CWUAviation NewsAviation News aviation program looking at future growth, 29 Jan 2016 07:50:32<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 489px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University's aviation program is growing as the demand for pilots increases, but the department needs funding to expand to accommodate additional growth, administrators said.</p><p>This year the program added 75 new students, bringing the total to about 150 students. The department has projected another 100 students (based on current inquiries) in the 2016-17 school year, but at this point the facility cannot adequately house those students because there is not enough classroom or training space.</p><p>Central is approaching the state Legislature this year with a $3.5 million request for the aviation program. That money would be used to build additional classroom and training space.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>Taking flight at CWU: Aviation Department training new pilots for future, 02 Nov 2015 07:56:41<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 476px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Spencer Martin is only in his second week as a full-time flight instructor in Central Washington University’s aviation department. In fact, Martin, 22, was a CWU student as recently as this spring; he graduated in June.</p><p>His goal is to one day be a captain for a major airline. But everyone has to start somewhere: He teaches 10 students in order to log more flight hours and learn even more about flying the skies.</p><p>“I already have some students where the stuff I’ve taught them clicked and they’re already applying it and using it on their flights,” Martin said. “It’s rewarding, it’s fun.”</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p><p>Photo by Gordon King</p>Airline Pilot Turnover Opens Door for New Pilots to Start Flying, 26 Oct 2015 07:57:02<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 448px; height: 300px;"></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Being a pilot isn't easy these days... In fact the FAA requires pilots to retire at 65. But this has allowed schools like Central Washington University to usher in a new generation of airline pilots.</span></p><p>The aviation industry seems to be growing. An estimated 30 thousand jobs will be open over the next 10 years, and that's just in the united states. But a fix for the shortage may rest here in our own backyard.</p><p>See more of this story at <a href="">KNDO-TV</a>.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Aviation Hosts Open House October 24, 22 Oct 2015 10:49:19<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 451px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly?</p><p>Stop by Central Washington University’s Aviation Training Center this Saturday for a spin on one of the flight training simulators. The Department of Aviation is hosting an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Prospective students and members of the public can fly one of the flight training devices, meet faculty and students, and learn about CWU’s degree programs in Professional Pilot and Aviation Management.</p><p>CWU is the only public university in the Pacific Northwest that offers a bachelor’s degree in aviation and the only place on the West Coast where aviation students can experience the CRJ-200 turbo-jet trainer, airline style curriculum, and the technically advanced turboprop flight trainer.</p><p>The Aviation Training Center is located at 807 Elmview Road in Ellensburg.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>CWU Strives to Meet Staggering Demand for Airline Pilots, 21 Jul 2015 07:50:18<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 426px; height: 320px;"></p><p>They train airline pilots at Central Washington University and have since the mid-1970s. Now, CWU is looking to expand as it plans to meet its share of the demand for new pilots.</p><p>Boeing on Monday released its newest forecast for worldwide pilot demand, some 558,000 over the next two years - one fifth of those jobs just in North America. The demand for technicians to diagnose, maintain and repair airliners, is even higher, more than 600,000.</p><p>The report shows a 4% gain in expected demand over last year's forecast. Boeing has also raised its Current Market Outlook, its long running forecast of how many new airliners the world will buy. Right now, the CMO's 20-year estimate is the world's airlines will purchase some 38,000 new planes over that same period.</p><p>See more of this story at <a href="">KING-5 News</a>.</p><p>Story by Glenn Farley. Photo courtesy of KING-5 News.</p>Global Experience Distinguishes CWU’s New Aviation Chair, 29 Jun 2015 07:47:58<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 198px; height: 250px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;">From India, to Singapore, to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, to the United Arab Emirates, Sundaram Nataraja’s career has spanned the globe. Selected as the new chair of the Department of Aviation, Nataraja brings an impressive international background and academic experience to Central Washington University.</p><p>“We are pleased that our program attracted someone of his caliber,” said Paul Ballard, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies.&nbsp; “With his exceptional knowledge, skills, and abilities, the aviation program will be able to meet the demands of a changing aviation industry. We are looking forward to working with him.”</p><p>A strategic thinker and an accomplished administrator, Nataraja will relocate to Ellensburg after concluding his tenure as associate dean for quality and institutional development and professor in aviation management in the College of Business Administration at King Saud University, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Under his leadership, he led a successful strategic planning process, attained accreditation for four undergraduate programs for the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment, reviewed 17 academic programs, conducted 28 faculty development programs, enriched student learning from bachelor’s to doctoral programs, enhanced philanthropy, and ensured faculty research funding to the tune of&nbsp; $12 million annually.</p><p>“’Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself,’ said Nataraja, quoting American philosopher John Dewey. “I have passion for academic excellence, high performance, and effective decision-making. And I endeavor to build a workplace that thrives in an atmosphere of trust, compassion, and professional integrity. I see a great opportunity here at Central and I am eager to use all of my skills and knowledge to take the department to the next level.”</p><p>He has more than three decades of academic and administrative experience, and an outstanding record of scholarship, research, and teaching. Nataraja’s 15 years of airline and aviation industry experience includes his employment with international corporations including Emirates Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines.</p><p>Nataraja has earned degrees from institutions all over the world, including the University of Oxford, England, International Air Transportation Association (IATA) Switzerland and Canada, and University of Madras in India. He has also pursued higher education in the United States and has earned a master’s of science in aviation safety from the University of Central Missouri, and a master’s in educational administration and a doctorate in adult and higher education administration from the University of South Dakota.</p><p>His wife, Vasanthi Nataraja, and children are looking forward to the move to Ellensburg.&nbsp; Nataraja will begin his position at CWU on September 1. Amy Hoover will complete her tenure as chair June 30. Jason Underhill will assume duties as the summer chair of the department until Nataraja arrives.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU Aviation and IASCO Agreement a Boon to Students, Ellensburg, 20 Apr 2015 08:39:25<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 478px; height: 320px;"></p><p>There will be <strong><em>no</em></strong> increase in flight-training fees for Central Washington University aviation students next year (2015-2016), according to Stuart Thompson, director of contracts and procurement.&nbsp; Recent contract negotiations between CWU and IASCO Flight Training (IFT) sustained the flight-training rate that reduced costs for students by approximately 25 percent this year.</p><p>"Our goal was high quality and lowest possible costs for students," said Thompson, adding that IFT has been slowly growing program strength since the start of the contract last fall. "IFT has been working through facilities, equipment and personnel details and is fully engaged in the program now."</p><p>Thompson said IFT is sending up additional airplanes and providing more flying hours so that students can make timely progress in their degree programs. There are now eight Cessna 172s and 10 instructors on the flight line. A Piper Seminole is scheduled to be added to the flight line by the beginning of May and a Cessna 172RG will be added for certified flight instructor training soon after. IFT is also supplying a mechanic and upgrading its maintenance schedule.</p><p>Ethan Bergman, associate dean for the College of Education and Professional Studies, said most students will be able to complete their courses on schedule, by the end of this academic year. Bergman said, "The department and the college are developing initiatives to mitigate costs if students need to stay into the summer to complete their training."</p><p>Thompson predicted that the agreement also will be a boon to Ellensburg’s Bowers Field Airport. CWU’s Aviation department accounts for more than 70 percent of the traffic at the airport. According to Thompson, IFT’s new management wants to grow aviation business at the airport for everyone.&nbsp; Provost Marilyn Levine will arrange a trip to China within the next month to open discussions about bringing a cohort of Chinese students to enroll in CWU’s aviation and flight training programs. The focus will be on growing enrollment rather than raising student fees</p><p>Bergman said the department is finalizing an agreement with Express Jet Airlines, which will provide new internship opportunities. A new Aviation Management degree was approved and will start officially fall term 2015. Students can take all or part of the program online.</p><p>“The aviation department is stronger than ever,” said Bergman, noting that there was record attendance at the flight center open house for Wildcat Day April 11. “This is great news for our students, but even greater news for Ellensburg and Kittitas County. The continued success of this program is tied inextricably with the health of our community airport. We are proud of our part in keeping Bowers Field an integral part of the aviation community in central Washington.”</p><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, CWU Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU’s aviation program enrolls about 100 students annually who collectively fly nearly 6,800 hours per year. CWU is the only public university in the Pacific Northwest that offers a bachelor’s degree in aviation and the only place on the West Coast where aviation students can experience the CRJ-200 turbo-jet trainer, airline style curriculum, and the technically advanced turboprop flight trainer.</em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.4;">4/20/15</em></p></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;">Wildcat Day - Aviation Open House, 03 Apr 2015 23:15:57<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 356px;">Please join us for our annual spring open house on Wildcat Day Saturday, April 11th. &nbsp;The Aviation Training Center will be open for tours from 10:30AM-3:00PM.</p><p>We look forward to seeing you on Wildcat Day.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p></p>CWU, IASCO Flight Training Sign Contract for Aviation Degree Program, 04 Dec 2014 15:19:02<p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 448px; height: 320px;"></p><p>After several months of negotiations, IASCO Flight Training (IFT) signed a five-year contract today with Central Washington University to provide flight-training services to CWU aviation students. The contract was signed by CWU Provost Marilyn Levine, on behalf of CWU. IFT was represented by Siubun Chu, a majority shareholder of IFT and the president of Qingdao Jiutian International Flight Academy Co., Ltd.</p><p>“We are very pleased with this contract,” said Chu, who also toured the CWU aviation facilities today. “There are many opportunities for both Chinese and American students at CWU.”</p><p>IFT has been providing flight training for CWU aviation students since October, facilitated through a letter of intent. Today’s signing formalizes their commitment to the university and its students.</p><p>In addition to lowering flight-training costs, the IFT contract includes a safety management system plan that meets industry needs and will bring the aviation program a step closer to specialized accreditation by the Aviation Accreditation Board International. Included in the contract is a provision to explore the development of an international studies program at CWU for students associated with the Jiutian International Flight Academy.</p><p>“IFT was intrigued by the opportunities at CWU,” said Marilyn Levine, CWU provost. “Ellensburg's blue skies, strong international studies programs, and excellent aviation program make CWU and IASCO excellent partners in this initiative.”</p><p>CWU’s aviation program enrolls about 100 students annually who collectively fly nearly 6,800 hours per year. The program activity accounts for about 80 percent of takeoffs and landings at Bowers Field in Ellensburg. The contract with IFT, in addition to educating students, is designed to ensure the long-term stability of the program.</p><p>It is estimated that growth in the aviation industry will demand an additional 416,000 new pilots in the next few years, requiring an annual investment in pilot training of approximately $3.5 billion.</p><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU Students Take Flight, 07 Nov 2014 12:57:32<p>Last Friday, on Halloween, CWU students took to the air for the first time with CWU’s flight training partner Iasco Flight Training (IFT).</p><p>CWU and IFT are working diligently to ramp up training activities to meet the needs of CWU students.&nbsp; IFT is operating three Cessna 172s, and expects two more in operation soon.&nbsp; Fast forward one week, and many new students are already completing their third flight lesson.</p><p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 536px;"></p><p>IFT’s fleet of Cessna 172R training aircraft.</p><p><img alt="" src="/aviation/sites/" style="width: 402px; height: 600px;"></p><p>Jonathon Ly, recent CWU graduate, is one of several IFT flight instructors based here in Ellensburg.</p><p><br>The Department of Aviation faculty and staff thank our students for their patience during this time of transition and we look forward to seeing all of you up in the air.</p></br>