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School of Aeronautics to launch affiliate program in Newport News

December 12, 2013  |  By Ted Allen/Liberty University News Service

Spreading its wings in its mission to train pilots and aircraft maintenance workers in the rapidly growing aviation industry, Liberty University School of Aeronautics (SOA) is expanding beyond its Lynchburg Airport Campus this month to Virginia’s Tidewater region.

The first affiliate program of Liberty University School of Aeronautics and Freedom Aviation Flight Training will launch Saturday, Dec. 14, at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport with an open house set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The facility will offer online courses through Liberty University Online (LUO) for students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in aeronautics to supplement flight training provided by instructors hired through Freedom Aviation, the flight operations center and aviation business used by the SOA at Lynchburg Regional Airport.

Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Dave Young, dean of Liberty’s School of Aeronautics said Newport News was selected as the first site for the pilot program primarily because of its location, within 50 miles of eight military bases. The SOA offers a specialization in military aviation as well as commercial/corporate and mission aviation.

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