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Aviation Technology

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.118.1 - 3.118.6

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William Gay

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Session 1547

Aviation Technology

An Example of Collaboration Between Education and Industry

Associate Professor William Gay University of Cincinnati Clermont College

Initial Concept

When the University of Cincinnati Clermont College was only in the planning stage, one of the possible technical programs for the new college was a commercial pilot training program. Proximity to the Clermont County airport was certainly a consideration. The airport runway is about 400 feet from the College campus. The airport and the campus were at the center of the state's fastest growing county, Clermont. However, in the College's first years' of operation, nothing was actually done to develop a flight-training program on the campus.

After the College had been in operation nearly twenty years, a program did begin to take shape. This paper is an attempt at chronicling its development. The program is the product of three supporting institutions: Sportsman Market, Inc. (Sporty's), the Clermont County Airport, and the University of Cincinnati Clermont College. The success of the program is dependent upon the resources of all three institutions.

Employment Opportunities

One of the first steps to be taken in the development of a new technical program is the formation of an advisory committee. Such a committee was formed, and its first task was to determine program need. Employment opportunities as commercial pilots was a prime consideration. Also, of concern was whether there was an institution of higher education in the area offering such a program.

Predicted employment opportunities seemed good for the 1990's and the beginning decade of the next century. Pilots who had been trained by the military for the Vietnam War and later became commercial pilots would be nearing retirement age of sixty. Pilots who reached mandatory retirement age will generate several thousand job openings each year.1 The military was making concerted efforts to retain their present pilots due to the high training costs. Thus, the supply of pilots from a peacetime military would be even smaller for commercial aviation. In addition, there were predictions that the aviation industry would continue to grow in both the freight and passenger markets well into the next century.

Gay, W. (1998, June), Aviation Technology Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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