CWUAviation NewsAviation News Suspends New Enrollment in Professional Pilot Program, 24 Jun 2020 12:50:36<p><img alt="Airplane landing" src="" style="width: 650px; height: 254px;" /></p> <p>Central Washington University today notified students admitted to the Professional Pilot Program for fall 2020 that the program would be unable to accommodate them. University leadership also announced that they are considering a proposal to modify or discontinue CWU&rsquo;s Professional Pilot Program due to continuing annual budget deficits and the inability to secure long-term hangar facilities at Bowers Field Airport.&nbsp;</p> <p>With a projected deficit this year of more than $1.83 million, and deficits of $673,527 and $1,507,215 over the past two years, the university must examine how to stem those losses, according to Heidi Henschel Pellett, the Interim Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies. She said the high cost of delivering flight instruction&mdash;the enormous capital costs as well as high operating costs&mdash;only balances if there are a very high average number of daily flights. For many reasons, weather-related groundings high among them, the program has never been close to the volume of flights that would be needed for the program to cover its costs, according to Pellett.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t anticipate that the elimination of this program would result in the reduction of any permanent faculty positions,&rdquo; Henschel Pellett said. &ldquo;But it could require some reassignments and some change in the level of non-tenure-track support, depending on timing and a number of other variables that have yet to be resolved.&rdquo;</p> <p>A second factor looming over the program has been the university&rsquo;s inability to obtain a long-term lease for the space at the local airport, required for the program&rsquo;s planes and ground operations. The university currently leases hangar space from Kittitas County, but that agreement will expire in October 2023. The availability of sufficient hangar space at the airport is fundamental to maintaining the Professional Pilot Program. There are no suitable alternative facilities to the Bowers Field hangar, and in light of the program&rsquo;s poor finances, building a hangar is not a viable strategy.</p> <p>CWU today also rescinded admissions for students who had been accepted into the program for fall 2020.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The pandemic has disrupted the progress of existing students in the program to the point where the university cannot accept new students this fall,&rdquo; said Michelle DenBeste, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Life. &ldquo;Flight equipment and instructional capacity will be fully required to complete delayed instruction for existing students.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Aviation Management major and minor are unaffected by this decision, and enrollment remains open to new students.</p> <p>CWU anticipates that the pandemic will have significant short- and mid-term impacts on the university&rsquo;s ability to recruit students into the program. Global demand for well-prepared pilots has been the driving force behind the development of the Professional Pilot Program, but the challenges faced by the air travel industry have fundamentally shifted the labor market for pilots for the foreseeable future. &nbsp;</p> <p>All of the major passenger airlines have idled significant portions of their fleets and pilots, and experts are debating how or whether commercial flights can be made safe enough to bring back travelers in meaningful numbers. Analysts estimate that this process will take years, and likely significant reorganization, before the industry can return to 2019 levels.&nbsp;</p> <p>Due to this sudden decrease in demand, the university anticipates a substantial reduction in the number of students interested in the program. Once the situation stabilizes, CWU will consider any potential plans for the future of its aviation program.</p> <p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Kremiere Jackson, Department of Public Affairs, or 509-963-1245.</p> Wind 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>