Purdue University Global in Indianapolis and Florida-based Sterling Flight Training are partnering on a new program. Eligible students will complete their Bachelor of Science degree courses online through Purdue Global while completing professional flight training onsite at Sterling.
The partnership aims to help meet the projected global demand for aviation professionals over the next 20 years, according to officials.
The partnership is part of a collaboration between Purdue Global and Purdue University’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology announced in June 2019 to make flight school more affordable and flexible for students.
Students who reach CFI status have the opportunity to teach their peers in the program and earn compensation for their work in addition to flight hours, which could help with education costs and living expenses.
“At Sterling we are leveraging our decades of experience in airline operations to create future aviators that are job-ready,” Sterling CEO and former Republic Airways Chief Operating Officer Wayne Heller said. “We are excited to partner our experience with Purdue’s distinguished professional pilot program to develop the next generation of pilots.”
Purdue Global aims to open applications for the program later this year, with details about the launch to follow by the end of March.