Auburn University Aviation Students will have New $8.7 Million Education Facility
The Auburn Board of Trustees approved an $8.7 million new aviation education facility for their aviation students.
Auburn University is the only 4-year institution in the state to offer a 4-year aviation degree and with a more than 66% enrollment growth in the past three years means it’s time to expand facilities.
“We went from 90 flight students three years ago to more than 150 this semester. Our current building is a 1950 building, but its showing its age and we have grown out of that space and we have a trailer that we use for office space, so it’s time to invest in a new facility. So, we are excited for the opportunity,” said Bill Hutto, Airport and Aviation Director.
It will be a 23,000 square foot, two-story facility.
“It’s going to be a great learning environment for the students. All of our faculty will be in one place we will have student space for them to study and hangout and integrate themselves in aviation,” said Hutto.
The Auburn Board of Trustees approved it to include classrooms, a flight-simulator laboratory, and flight dispatch spaces.
Aviation student Megan Brown wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and pilot for FedEx or Delta Airlines. Brown believes the facilities expansion will boost her flying career.
“ I am excited for that because with the new building there will be more expansion flight simulators that can only help our learning,” said Brown.
Construction scheduled to start this summer and be completed by June of next year.