Florida State taps Sunrise Aviation for flight training

Sunrise Aviation has been chosen by Florida State College at Jacksonville as the exclusive flight training vendor for students in FSCJ’s Professional Pilot Technology program.

Flight students will receive training at Sunrise Aviation’s FAA approved satellite at Cecil Airport co-located in FSCJ’s Cecil Center South facilities. Pilot training at Cecil Airport began this fall with 20 students enrolled in flight courses.

The contract between FSCJ and Sunrise Aviation extends for three years and is renewable for two additional years. Sunrise Aviation is the first flight training vendor for FSCJ who will provide flight training at the same location as classroom training. The Cecil Airport location also permits students and instructors to have maximum access to the FSCJ simulator center.

Gene Milowicki, Director, Aviation Programs at FSCJ, commented that FSCJ is “very excited and optimistic about bringing professional fixed-wing flight training to Cecil Airport and Florida State College students.  Sunrise Aviation has a well-deserved reputation for training commercial, multi-engine, instrument-rated pilots, which it has earned through continuous successful operations over the past 28 years.”

Devon Dorato, President, Sunrise Aviation, also indicated that the addition of a flight training satellite at Cecil Airport was part of Sunrise Aviation’s strategic plan. “Sunrise Aviation is pleased to bring civilian flight training back to Cecil Airport. With Cecil Airport’s extensive array of runways, multiple instrument approaches, and friendly Air Traffic Control tower, Sunrise Aviation will be able to provide high quality and economical pilot training for FSCJ students.”

Sunrise Aviation is initially bringing six aircraft to Cecil Airport for use by the FSCJ students. Those aircraft will include Cessna 172 Skyhawks, Cessna 152s, and a Piper Arrow and a Piper Seminole. Sunrise Aviation will equip all of the primary training aircraft at Cecil Airport with Garmin 430 GPS systems, an installation similar to that of FSCJ Redbird LD Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATDs).

Sunrise Aviation has more than 40 aircraft at its Ormond Beach, Florida, base of operations. For more information: FlySunrise.com

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