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Student Aviation Association Takes Off for Fall 2010

Students in the new Aviation Logistics program kicked off their first full year with a generous donation from the U.S. Flight Academy, a local flying school offering full instruction for the prestigious Airline Transport Pilot license.

The Student Aviation Association (SAA) was formed to support student involvement in networking and community outreach activities related to air transportation. According to club President Alex Scheidel, SAA is open to all students interested in aviation.

Above: US Flight Academy Marketing Director Mark Taylor presents donation to SAA Treasurer Kevin Crouch with President Alex Scheidel.

“A lot of us are interested in flying, which makes our relationship with the US Flight Academy so cool,” says Scheidel, who will be pursuing a career with the US Coast Guard after graduation. “But as our professors always tell us, the vast majority of aviation careers are not in the cockpit!”

Dr. Steve Swartz, faculty advisor for the SAA and retired Air Force officer said, “Some of the best jobs are in the supervision and management of the complex operations that make the aviation industry a critical part of a modern industrialized economy. The students are looking forward to getting as much “hands on” exposure as possible.”

Mike Sykes, President of U.S. Flight Academy said, “Students are eager to earn their four year degree and become professional pilots at the same time, which makes the relationship between the te SAA and the U.S. Flight Academy productive and beneficial,”

Many of the members of the SAA are majoring in the new Aviation Logistics program. The Aviation program is a business degree, and the accompanying curriculum will ensure that students are fully grounded in how aviation supports movement in a global supply chain.

According to Dr. Swartz, the vision of the program is to prepare the leaders for an increasingly complex and challenging aviation industry.

For more information or to join the Student Aviation Association, please visit the Student Organizations website or and link to the Student Aviation Association. For more information on UNT’s new aviation logistics major, contact the Department of Marketing and Logistics at 940-565-3120 or For more information on flight training visit or call 866.383.2400.

Event is in the month of November, 2010.