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EKU Aviation Alum Leads Construction of New Airport Ops Center at SDF

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Megan Toban ('10), Director of Operations and Business Development, gives a tour of the new state-of-the-art Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport Operations Center. Several gradutes of the EKU Aviation program also work at the airport in a variety of roles in addition to the airport hosting internships, tours, and guest speakers for current EKU students throughout the year.

Aviation Awards Scholarships for 2021-2022

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The Eastern Kentucky University Aviation Program Scholarship Committee has awarded nine scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. The selections followed a lengthy application and review process which evaluated the students’ academic achievements, university and industry engagement, and overall financial need.

Freeman Named 2021 Distinguished Senior for College of Business and Technology

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Joseph “Emmet” Freeman has been named the Distinguished Senior for the EKU College of Business and Technology for the Class of 2021. Freeman, who will graduate in May with a B.S. in Aviation and dual concentrations in Professional Flight and Aerospace Management, received the award after a unanimous nomination from the Aviation Program faculty.

EKU Aviation Receives Award for Virtual Training Excellence

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The Aviation Program at Eastern Kentucky University was recently presented with the “2020 Award for Training Excellence” by Digicast, a virtual aviation training platform of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

Scholarship Helps a Young Mother Achieve Her Dreams

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Non-traditional aviation student Erica Gilbert had always dreamed of a “different and exciting” career, but initially struggled to get those dreams off the ground. The Georgia native enrolled in a nearby college right out of high school, but her parents’ divorce altered her plans.

Aviation Program Expands Fleet

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Eastern Kentucky University recently purchased two additonal Cessna 172s aircraft to add to its fleet of more than 20 aircraft in the Aviation program.

Five Aviation Students Earn SEC-AAAE/SAMA Scholarships

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Five students in the Aviation Program at Eastern Kentucky University were recently awarded scholarships from the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SEC-AAAE) and the Southeast Airport Manager’s Association (SAMA). Each scholarship, to be applied towards the cost of tuition, is valued at $2,000.

Aviation Adds Three Aircraft to Fleet

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The EKU Aviation program recently added three aircraft to its fleet in an effort to support increasing demand from students. The planes, Cessna 17 R and S models, arrived within the last month and will be flown extensively according to Aviation Program Director Dennis Sinnett.

Volunteer Experience Takes Off in Support of Kentucky Veterans

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A little more than a year ago, a small group of students from Eastern Kentucky University’s Aviation Program arrived at Blue Grass Airport with the understanding they would be helping a local organization setup for an event to honor veterans. The instructions were simple: show up, volunteer for a few hours, and go home.

Aviation Program Awards Annual Scholarships

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Five Aviation students were recently awarded scholarships at a ceremony held at Central Kentucky Regional Airport. The event, which took place on EKU’s Homecoming Weekend, was attended by faculty, staff, and both current and former students. The amount of each award varies and are available exclusively to currently enrolled students in the Aviation Program.  

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