CEDAR CITY (News4Utah) – Experts from Southern Utah University’s Flight Training Program are headed to Washington hoping to change outdated ways aviation students are taught.
“And the crazy thing about it [is] we have literally re-written federal regulation to meet industry need, and it came out of southern Utah,” said Michael Mower, Executive Director and Chief Instructor with SUU’s Aviation Sciences Department.
That’s what will happen if Southern Utah University is successful rewriting FAA mandated curriculum that hasn’t been updated since 1962.
And they’ll have job-ready graduates that need no training after school.
“Folks are getting jobs as fast as they are qualified to go out and get them, and of course our job as a University is to get the degrees, get the training, and then go out and assist them in getting a job,” said Mower.
Mower says the current law mandates the 56-year-old curriculum is taught, which was drafted before the invention of cell phones, GPS, computers, and the internet.
“The Industry as a whole has been hurting for many many years,” said Mower.
As Southern Utah University prepares to launch a new degree to help train Aviation Maintenance Personnel, Mower says they want to be a force for change and better prepare students for today’s jobs.
“Through our efforts in DC, we are looking to be the first training school to launch under the regulations that we helped write. … It’s time for a change,” said Mower.
Experts with SUU’s Aviation Program and their Political Science Department will speak in Washington March 17th -20th discussing the issue before politicians as well as Industry partners.
Their goal is to implement the new curriculum by fall of 2018.