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Auburn aviation students worried about accreditation

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AUBURN, Ala. -

On Auburn's campus, aviation students spent their Monday morning meeting with administrators trying to find ways to save the university's aviation program which is danger of losing accreditation.

Auburn has the only four year aviation program in the state of Alabama. One advisor says the program is among the best in the country.

 "We educate aviation leaders," said Allen Thames, Auburn Aviation advisor. "When our pilots step into an airliner, the airliner knows that they can be, as a specific example, the Chief Financial Officer for Delta Airlines, who is one of our graduates."

In the past few weeks, aviation students have started the Fly Auburn campaign. Part of it was having a plane spread their message to fans at A-Day

Students have reached out to officials all over the state of Alabama. One alumnus got a special celebrity to shoot a video to show support for the Auburn program.

"Hi Deenie Weenies, It's Richard Simmons," said the fitness celebrity. "Wait a minute. You can't take the aviation away from Auburn. You just can't do that. It is so important. I had a pilot on my last flight. He sort of looked like John Boy from the Waltons. He was telling me that they may remove aviation from Auburn. How can we do that. Who is going to fly these planes?"

Students are worried that their job prospects could suffer.

 "If they don't fulfill the requirements by the fall and that accreditation is pulled, for example, my contract with Jet Blue to start that gateway program could be voided without the accreditation," said David Hoebelheinrich, an Auburn aviation student.

We asked Governor Robert Bentley about it.

"We need to...I'm the chairman of the board of trustees. So, we need to look into that," the Governor said.

Bentley recently declared Alabama an aviation state.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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