Twenty  four SLAC members visit ASU Aviation Campus

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Twenty-four Sun Lakes Aero Club members and guests attended a field

trip to the Arizona State University Aviation Program at the Phoenix-Mesa

Gateway Airport January 27.

          The group visited specialized classrooms and saw first-hand the flight

simulators and aircraft used in pilot training.     

The aviation program has three parts:  air traffic control, air transportation

management,  and flight proficiency training.  Students graduating from all three

programs receive a B.S. degree from ASU.

It is estimated that at least 10,000 air traffic control jobs will open up in the

 next 10 years.  Currently over 50 percent of existing controllers are at retirement

age and in some areas like Alaska it is 90 percent.  ASU air traffic management

graduates get preference in hiring by FAA but must still go through rigorous

training after being hired.

          The Sun Lakes Aero Club sponsors field trips and fly-in breakfasts each

month between November and April. Additional information is available from

Cannon Hill at 509-539-7857, Gary Vacin at 480-298-7017 or at the club’s

web site, www.sunlakesaeroclub.org.