OU Announces Plan to Replace Aircraft Fleet and Build Multipurpose Aviation Center | New

The OU on Monday announced a three-year, $10 million plan to replace its current aircraft fleet, double enrollment in programs at the OU School of Aviation Studies and build a multi-purpose center.

OU Aviation will replace its current aging fleet of 19 aircraft, while increasing it to 28 aircraft, with the first nine expected to arrive in December 2023, according to an OU press release.

“As a comprehensive public research institution, it is our duty to lend our expertise to the betterment of our state and its people,” OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. said in the statement. communicated. “We have an incredible opportunity to expand the excellence of our #1 ranked college aviation program to meet the growing demand for aviation professionals in Oklahoma and across the country.”

The OU also plans to increase enrollment in School of Aeronautical Studies programs from a total of 250 students to potentially 600 students over the next four years, according to the statement. OU’s goal is to potentially triple the number of first-year aviation flight electives from 50 to 150 for the next freshman class.

According to the statement, OU Aviation will build a multifunctional aeronautical center of excellence, with a “state-of-the-art” hangar, classroom, laboratory and offices.

“With this significant workforce initiative, OU remains committed to the highest academic standards for admission into our aviation program,” said OU Senior Vice President and Provost André- Denis Wright in the press release. “OU will continue to produce the most skilled, passionate and exceptional pilots, air traffic controllers and industry leaders who intimately understand the industry they are entering.

The OU School of Aviation Studies will also purchase air traffic control simulators to address the shortage of air traffic controllers in Oklahoma, according to the release. The simulators will expand the Air Traffic Management major.

According to the release, OU has pledged to raise $30 million for OU Aviation over the next five years as part of the university’s recently announced $2 billion “Lead On” fundraising campaign.

“With four undergraduate degree concentrations, the School of Aeronautical Studies offers students the opportunity to not only become experts in their chosen field of study, but also to learn the business behind the industry – a core area of ​​focus that has earned us national recognition,” Dean of OU’s College of Atmospheric and Geographical Sciences Berrien Moore said in the statement. “We look forward to continuing this excellence and look forward to expanding our efforts to meet the workforce needs of Oklahoma’s growing aviation and aerospace industry.”

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