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Auburn University creates new aviation center

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 Auburn University officials say a new aviation center will help them boost local industry and help the state economy.

They say it will also expand research and educational opportunities for the school's aviation students.

They say it backs up the states' effort to bring in aviation and aerospace jobs because it gives them employees trained at Auburn.

It has been quite a year for the Auburn aviation program, some parts of the program were in danger of being cut last year, but, now, it appears to be healthier than ever.

 “I think the sky is the limit for what we can do through this center,” said Airport director Dr. Bill Hutto.

That very appropriate cliché comes from Auburn’s airport director Dr. Bill Hutto. He is also a professor at the Harbert College of Business. The new Auburn aviation center will help connect student programs with state needs.

“With the commitment Auburn University is making to aviation, we are going to be able to grow these programs. We will get engaged with state and security leaders,” said Dr. Hutto. “We will continue to provide opportunity for our students. We will be able to grow aerospace and engineering within the state.”

The aviation center comes with a steering committee to help build connections to professionals in the industry. The idea came about a year ago, around the same time that parts of the program were in danger of being shut down. The aviation center will give students a better chance to get a job.

“We will create those networking opportunities for students,” Hutto said. “But, somehow we will learn from industry, what they are seeing and what we might be able to do with our program to make our students more marketable when they graduate.”

“The center is based here out of the airport. As you know, there is an effort ongoing to create a new educational aviation facility. That has been going on for some time,” Dr. Hutto said.

Until that new facility is built, the auburn airport will be the home of the aviation center. They hope the center will be a source of education and outreach for Auburn students and aviation leaders.

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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