Purdue University Global Expands Professional Flight Diploma Program with Partnership with Lunken Flight Training Center


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Global and Cincinnati-based Lunken Flight Training Center have formed a partnership to meet the anticipated global and regional demand for aviation professionals over the next 20 years.

“We are delighted to partner with an established flight training center like Lunken to strengthen our popular professional flight program,” said Sara Sander, Vice President and Dean of Purdue Global of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Education. “Cincinnati is a major aviation hub for the Midwest and will provide flexibility and opportunities for many of our students.”

According to Jay Schmalfuss, owner of the Lunken Flight Training Center, Cincinnati is home to many corporate flight departments including Procter & Gamble, Kroger, Cintas and General Electric. Additionally, Amazon has seen a huge expansion of its airline hub located near the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport, so growing demand for professional pilots in the region is expected.

“Lunken Flight Training Center is delighted to announce its affiliation with Purdue University Global,” Schmalfuss noted. “Cincinnati is located less than 600 miles from over half the population of the United States, which makes Purdue Global and the Lunken Flight Training Center the perfect choice for launching a career in aviation.”

The Purdue Global Professional Flight Diploma Program is a collaboration between Purdue Global and the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University – announced in June 2019. It combines the quality of Purdue’s legendary aviation program spanning more than six decades with the flexibility and affordability that Purdue Global offers.

Students accepted into the program will complete their Bachelor of Science degree courses online through Purdue Global, which includes aviation and general education courses, while taking professional flight training at the Lunken Flight Training Center or one of the of the many other Purdue Global subsidiaries across the country. During flight training, students will work toward obtaining certificates and ratings as an Instrument, Commercial, Multi-engine and Certified Flight Instructor.

As students progress through their flight training to become certified flight instructors, they will have the basics to serve as flight instructors and gain additional flight experience required by airlines and flight services. corporate flight to be hired as professional pilots. After achieving Certified Flight Instructor status, students enrolled in the program can begin teaching others and earn compensation for their work, in addition to flight hours, which can help cover tuition and costs. living expenses.

The Purdue School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, one of the six departments and schools of the Purdue Polytechnic, is recognized around the world as a leader in aviation education and provides expertise in curriculum development, faculty recruitment and accreditation by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

As U.S. airline pilots approach the mandatory retirement age of 65, combined with many pilots taking early retirement during the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry faces a pilot shortage in the years. future. The Purdue Global program is designed to allow students to fly immediately, shortening the timeframe to become a commercial pilot to meet growing demand.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global provides personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility that they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized pathways for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, depending on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits, and other considerations, no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a Higher Learning Commission accredited, public, nonprofit university. It is affiliated with the flagship institution of Purdue University, a leading public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and northwest Indiana, as well as science, engineering, and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit purdueglobal.edu.

About the Lunken Flight Training Center

The LFTC has been Cincinnati’s choice for flight training since 2006, offering programs ranging from private to commercial pilots. It is located at Cincinnati’s historic Lunken Airport, which provides convenient access to Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. With a fleet of modern aircraft and industry veterans, Lunken has trained hundreds of flight students, many of whom went on to fly for airlines and in business aviation. Students receive training they can trust with safety in mind. The school is FAA approved with pending VA approval and offers in-house training and degree programs through its academic affiliation with Purdue University Global. For more information, visit flylftc.com.

Media Contact, Purdue Global: Tom Schott, 765-427-1721, [email protected]

Sources: Sara sander

Jay Schmalfuss

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