Purdue University Global and Cincinnati-based Lunken Flight Training Center have formed a partnership to address demand for aviation professionals over the next 20 years. Students accepted into the program will complete their Bachelor of Science degree courses online through Purdue Global but get their hands-on training through Lunken.
Students will be able to pursue certificates and ratings in commercial, instrument, multi-engine planes, and certified flight instruction.
Purdue Global says many U.S. airline pilots took an early retirement during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating an industry shortage. The school says this program is designed to get students flying immediately, shortening the timeline to becoming a professional pilot to meet the growing demand.
“Lunken Flight Training Center is excited to announce its affiliation with Purdue University Global,” said Jay Schmalfuss, owner of Lunken Flight Training Center. “Cincinnati is located within 600 miles of over half the population of the U.S., which makes Purdue Global and Lunken Flight Training Center the perfect choice to launch an aviation career.”
He says Cincinnati is home to numerous corporate flight departments, including Procter & Gamble, Kroger, and General Electric, so the need for professional pilots is there.
In 2019, Purdue Global and Purdue University’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology announced a collaboration between the programs.