US Aviation Group has signed an agreement with Tarrant County College to establish local access to Part 141 flight training for college students. The program will lead to accredited flight training operations through a Learning Center at Alliance Airport (AFW), north of Fort Worth.
Students at Tarrant College will be eligible to apply GI Bill benefits, Pell Grants and other forms of financial aid toward the Professional Pilot Program that has been developed by USAG in Denton. Students will, by the conclusion of the program, hold a multi-engine commercial rating and will have passed the ATP written exam.
The incentive for this new program was developed by the North Central Council of Governments which was seeking a way to provide students with flight training without having to leave the state. “Tarrant County College offered to take up the cause and began looking for a flight training program that would complement our goals,” said Floyd Curtis, Dean of Business, Technology and Transportation at Tarrant. “After examining the Part 141 flight training operations in North Texas, it was clear that US Aviation Group had the most successful program, so we entered discussions with them and that led to an agreement.”
USAG currently conducts its flight training at Denton Airport and Hondo Municipal Airport. It will gradually expand to AFW as Tarrant students sign up for training. “We anticipate rapid growth and a high success rate with the students at Tarrant College,” said Mike Sykes, President of USAG. “This is an ideal time to begin pursuing a career in flying. It’s no secret that in the next five years U.S. airlines are going to experience a severe shortage of pilots as retirements will greatly exceed the available supply.”
Students at Tarrant College will receive a two-year degree in aviation and will be able to transfer to a four-year university for a Bachelor’s Degree.