KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology will open a new campus at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in early 2015.
The Kissimmee facility will offer airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics classes that go towards preparation of FAA A&P certifications.
Aviator College currently has a campus in Fort Pierce, Florida, whose primary focus is flight training with a small offering of A&P training. The new Kissimmee campus will be the reverse, with a strong focus on the airframe and power plant classes.
Aviator College will not only offer classes towards A&P certification, it will also develop a college degree program as advanced as its Fort Pierce operation, according to school officials.
“Given the expected shortage and the wide acceptance for FAA A&P certifications, this academic program will place Kissimmee in the forefront as a leading aviation training location,” said Terry Lloyd, Kissimmee Aviation Director.
Aviator College has committed to creating 60 jobs over the next three years, with a company average wage of $40,000 – which is 115% over the annual average wage in Osceola County. The company will begin immediate renovations to 606 Dyer Boulevard, and within three years expand the campus with another facility. Aviator College will invest over $7 million in theiKissimmee campus.
City of Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan stated, “We share great pride in Aviator College’s decision to expand their campus to Kissimmee Gateway Airport. This new company will fill an A&P shortage at our airport, and also significantly diversify our airport economic base.”
For more information: Aviator.edu