The Madisonville Community College announced on Monday the launch of a new aviation program that will give students the opportunity to become a professional pilot through fixed-wing (airplane) or helicopter options.
“This is a historic day for Madisonville Community College and the region we serve,” said President Dr. Cindy Kelley. “This is the first flight training program in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. We have been able to make it to this point with strong community support, the work of the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation, and the leadership of the City of Madisonville.”
As students advance through the program, they will be able to earn embedded academic certificates and important ratings from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and as Certified Flight Instructors for both fixed wing and helicopters. The City of Madisonville and Madisonville Regional Airport leadership have been instrumental in planning and renovating the existing hangar space for the program.
Mayor Kevin Cotton shared this, “I am so excited about the launch of the new aviation program. Bringing this program to Madisonville has been the work of many hands. I am so appreciative of each individual and organization that played a role in making this happen. This program is an excellent opportunity for Madisonville and one that sets us apart from other communities."
Initially, helicopter flight training will be conducted at the Madisonville Regional Airport and the fixed-wing training will be offered at the Muhlenberg County Airport. The college anticipates that both airports will be used to accommodate both programs in some capacity in the future. Once the program begins the flight training in the coming weeks, traffic at the airports will increase significantly.
To conduct the flight training, the college has recently leased two Schweizer S300 helicopters from U.S. Aviation Training Solutions (USATS) and a Cessna 172 airplane with a Garmin G1000 glass panel from Don Davis Aviation. Students will also have access to state-of-the-art, full-motion Redbird flight simulators which are housed at both campus locations.
Applications are currently being accepted for the program. Interested students can contact aviation program coordinator Mike Kehoe for more information at 270-824-1806 or email@example.com.