Airshow soars

Blue Angels, aerial performers to headline After a five-year hiatus, the Lynchburg Regional Airshow is finally returning May 21-22, promising to be one of the biggest air shows in the country this year. The show will feature a lineup of aerial performers and historical and interactive displays. The show will honor military and service personnel through its theme, “a salute […]

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Drone program achievement

Aviation school ranks sixth in the nation for unmanned aerial system major Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics’ drone program continues to soar in both growth and reputation, as it has been ranked No. 6 in the nation by successfulstudent.org. According to Jonathan Washburn, professor for the school of aeronautics, the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program started several years ago and […]

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Aircraft club takes off

School of Aeronautics gathering builds infrastructure as partnerships form A remote controlled (RC) aircraft club has been spreading its wings since the fall semester of 2014, aiming to reach out to the kids of Central Virginia. It started with an idea to bring aviation to young people without strapping them in a twin-engine turbofan aircraft. Rather, the idea was to […]

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Simulators receive certification

FAA-certified flight simulator improves virtual training as school advances Since its inception in 2002, the School of Aeronautics has been growing at a rate other schools have not seen, according to Kevin Martin, associate director of flight operations. While other aviation schools have been shutting down operations, Liberty’s School of Aeronautics is maintaining a fleet of more than 30 aircraft, […]

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Campus mourns student death

Liberty comforts grieving parents after son dies from the effects of stroke Liberty University senior Zhecun Jin, 22, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, from the effects of an unexpected stroke. After nearly four weeks in the hospital following the Aug. 21 stroke, Jin was removed from life support Wednesday. Jin, a senior, completed Liberty’s Aviation Maintenance Technician program before studying in […]

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No longer flying solo

Freshman Olivia Fuller wins scholarship and allows God to guide her future Things tend to look different from 3,000 feet in the air, according to Olivia Fuller. The freshman from Hagerstown, Maryland, has loved planes ever since she was a young girl, and enjoys helping her grandfather — a retired Air Force serviceman — build airplanes. “I am so blessed […]

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Flying for a purpose

Student leaves France behind and comes to Liberty in search of God’s will Gwen Lassez never thought she would be studying to be an airplane mechanic. In fact, it was the furthest thing from her mind. “I like airplanes, but when it comes to mechanics, like on cars, I could care less,” Lassez said. “I mean, I like nail polish […]

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Skyhawks land at LU

SOA receives 10,000th Cessna The Cessna Aircraft Company reached a milestone when it delivered its 10,000th single engine aircraft, a Cessna Skyhawk, to Liberty University Aug. 28. The aircraft, along with two other Skyhawks, was delivered from the Textron Aviation Independence Facility, which made its first delivery in June 1996. According to the Cessna website, the Skyhawk has the reputation […]

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FBO appeals to city council

Freedom Aviation raises concern as it seeks former competitor’s lease In an attempt to enable business growth, Freedom Aviation, a fixed-based operator (FBO) and a subsidiary of Liberty University, is seeking to secure long-term rights in a lease at the Lynchburg Regional Airport, a move that has created some controversy. Freedom Aviation provides fuel, flight instruction, hangar space, maintenance, charter […]

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Aviation dominates

SOA flight team brings home ninth consecutive NIFA Region X title The Liberty University flight team brought home its ninth consecutive National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region X championship after competing Oct. 16-19 at Franklin Municipal Airport in Franklin, Va. “The NIFA team has once again demonstrated their prowess to compete successfully at the regional level,” David Young, dean of […]

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Aviation sends off pilots for missions

The School of Aeronautics graduated six students prepared to fly for the cause of spreading the gospel The Liberty University School of Aeronautics graduated its fourth Aircraft Maintenance Training School (AMTS) class Aug. 9. Six of those 20 graduates are moving on to become missionary pilots for Flying Mission Services (FMS) in Botswana where operations can be difficult. Limited resources, […]

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Aeronautics receives donation

The program has added three new pieces of equipment to assist students in hands-on techniques Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics (SOA) recently formed a partnership with Dynamic Aviation, a partnership that will provide numerous benefits, including the donation of a King Air 90 Turbine aircraft. Dynamic Aviation is the self-proclaimed “leading provider of innovative solutions for government and commercial organizations […]

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Planes donated to the School of Aviation

The SOA has received over $1 million in both cash and equipment donations to aid in furthering education Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics (SOA) has recently received donations to the program in the form of several aircrafts that will be used for student aviation training. The SOA is making strides in the aviation industry. Dean of the SOA Gen. David […]

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‘Wings of Freedom’ tour allows visitors to fly classic warplanes

Classic World War II aircraft will be flying into Lynchburg Regional Airport this week with the Collings Foundation’s 22nd annual “Wings of Freedom” tour. The nonprofit aviation history foundation from Stow, Mass. conducts tours and flights with aircraft from World War I through the Cold War. The Collings Foundation is a regular at air shows across the country. B-17G Flying […]

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