Aircraft club takes off

Hands on — RC club formed partnerships with surrounding schools to teach kids about flight and life lessons. Photo provided

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 …

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Simulators receive certification

Bells and whistles — The new technology offers an avionics package identical to that found on a real aircraft. Photo provided

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 …

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Campus mourns student death

tragedy — Zhecun Jin is remembered by family and friends. Photo provided

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 …

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No longer flying solo

Trust — Olivia Fuller felt God leading her to Liberty. Photo credit: Vittoria Samoulis

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 …

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Flying for a purpose

soar — Gwen Lassez has allowed God to pilot her life. Photo credit: Ellie Fraser

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 …

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Skyhawks land at LU

Skyhawk — The 10,000th Cessna aircraft was given a new home at Freedom Aviation. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

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. …

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FBO appeals to city council

Aviation —  Freedom Aviation makes use of the newly acquired assets from Virginia Aviation. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

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. …

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Aviation dominates

VICTORY— Pilots of the NIFA team pose with awards from the win. 
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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 …

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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 …

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Aeronautics receives donation

New equipment — The Cessna Skyhawk 888LU (Left) and a flight simulator (Right) are two of the additions to the School of Aeronautics. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

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 …

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Planes donated to the School of Aviation

Aircraft — Jodi Jacob, a junior aviation student, examines the features of a newly-donated plane. Photo credit: Carter Bowns

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 …

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Aviation opportunities expand

Pilot — Aviation student Steve Barkof examines his aircraft during the pre-flight check at Freedom Aviation. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

While an eagle is born to soar, some Liberty students seek the same opportunity to take flight by training in the university’s School of Aeronautics (SOA). Relatively new, the program started as the Department of Aviation within the School of Arts and Sciences, becoming the School of […]

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