NETJETS DONATES CESSNA AIRCRAFT TO OHIO STATE
CONTINUING AN ONGOING PARTNERSHIP WITH A PREMIER AVIATION SCHOOL
The Ohio State University and NetJets share an interest in ensuring a highly qualified and accessible workforce for the growing aviation industry. Of course, many NetJets team members across the organization are also OSU alumni and supporters of the school. For these reasons, NetJets has backed this premier aviation school for several years with monetary gifts for research and by donating retired aircraft for training. We’re excited to say that 2017 was no different.
On November 28, this year’s Giving Tuesday and a national day of giving, NetJets donated seven Cessna Skyhawk 172 training aircraft. The occasion was commemorated at The Ohio State University Airport, Hangar 1, complete with remarks from Ohio State and NetJets leaders, as well as flight education staff and students who directly benefit from this partnership.
NetJets Executive Vice President of Operations, Alan Bobo, explained that the company’s donations also serve as investments in the future.
”At NetJets, safety is our highest priority, and that means investing in the training of the next generation of pilots,” said Bobo. “We have an unyielding commitment to ensuring the safety of our skies, and giving students the opportunity to fly state-of-the-art aircraft is one of many ways we are fulfilling that commitment.”
We’re proud to say that the new aircraft will be used to further aviation research, as well as enable OSU to meet the growing student interest in flying careers. Enrollment in aviation majors has increased dramatically, from less than 100 in 2013 to 260 in 2017. Nearly half of these students are focusing on professional pilot certification. And we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.
“These planes will improve the way students learn and expose them to advanced technology in the cockpit,” said flight education student Samantha Hernandez. “This generous donation will enable Ohio State to welcome and teach more aviation students and encourage them to follow their dreams.”
Dean David B. Williams of OSU's College of Engineering added, “It is not hyperbole to say that but for NetJets, Ohio State aviation and flight education might not be here today. This partnership is a model for us. We both want to develop the nation’s best aviation education program that will continue to supply NetJets the pilots it needs to continue its growth.”
In addition to workforce development, NetJets and Ohio State are collaborating on Next Generation Air Transportation System research and implementation, working in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen program. By integrating data analytics with aviation operations, Ohio State and NetJets hope to innovate new solutions to further enhance aviation safety, accessibility, and sustainability.
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