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School of Aeronautics draws attention at Leesburg expo

October 30, 2013 : By Joshua Tiprigan/Liberty University News Service

A flight simulator was a popular feature of the Liberty University School of Aeronautics display at the Aviation Education & Career Expo on Oct. 25.

Liberty University School of Aeronautics representatives attended the Aviation Education & Career Expo at the Leesburg (Va.) Airport on Oct. 25 to showcase its diverse programs available for high school students who are looking to take their degree to the skies.

More than 600 students attended the expo to hear from renowned speakers and learn about the various opportunities available at aeronautics programs across the country.

Liberty’s promotional display included a chance to pilot planes in a flight simulator. The display was manned by Kevin Martin, associate director of training at the School of Aeronautics, his wife Katy, who works as the chief dispatcher for the school, and recruiter Jake Holland who answered prospective students’ questions concerning Liberty’s award-winning aeronautics program.

“I believe we had the absolute best display that we have ever had. We had quite a few folks tell us that we had the best display of the expo,” Martin said.

High school senior Hannah Thomas (center) was awarded a $12,000 scholarship from Liberty's School of Aeronautics by Kevin Martin, the school's associate director of training, and his wife, Katy, who works as the school's chief dispatcher.

During the event, Liberty awarded a $12,000 Aviation Training Scholarship to high school senior Hannah Thomas, who won an essay-writing contest.

Thomas plans to enroll in Liberty’s Missionary Aviation program.

Liberty has participated in the event for the past three years. Martin said the flight simulator was a popular attraction and there was a constant line of students waiting to try it.

“Having the extra technology at the booth really drew the folks in and kept them around,” he said. “The quality of the students and the amazing interest was awesome. Out of all of the years we have been going, I think this was biggest and most fruitful.”