Florida Tech is pioneering new partnerships aimed at enhancing its role as an international leader for flight training.
The university’s flight training organization, FIT Aviation, has earned authorization from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to become the first Approved Training Organization (ATO) to achieve compliance under new European standards.
“This gives us the authority to provide flight training towards EASA pilot certificates and ratings,” explained Ken Stackpoole, Florida Tech vice president for aviation programs. “Florida Tech is the first university with an independently approved EASA ATO certification in the United States. This is important because the European airlines operating the European, Middle East and Asiatic routes in many cases require EASA pilot certification to pilot their airliners. All three of those markets are rapidly expanding, and Florida Tech is excited to be part of this new endeavor.”
Stackpoole said Airbus heard of Florida Tech’s progress towards gaining EASA ATO authorization and asked to visit the campus and flight training operation. The school is working with the aviation company to develop a training solution for Airbus’ customers.