L3 Airline Academy and Everglades University Partner to Offer Future Pilots Scholarships and Direct Access to Advanced Degrees

SANFORD, Fla. (October 1, 2015) – Graduates from L3 Airline Academy who earn the private, instrument and commercial Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification are now eligible to earn 27 articulated credits toward a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation/Aerospace at Everglades University – Orlando.

“College experience is becoming increasingly appealing to regional and major airlines. Our partnership with Everglades University provides pilots a pathway to earn their certificates and ratings, build flight hours, gain their four-year degree and transition to the airlines,” said President and General Manager, L3 Airline Academy Hank Coates.

Additionally, Everglades University will offer a scholarship of $1,000 per semester to qualified L3 Airline Academy students.

The agreement between L3 Airline Academy and Everglades University is a direct response and viable solution for the unprecedented demand for pilots spurred by a wave of pilot retirements, more international travel routes, new FAA mandates of 1,500 required flight hours, and a strengthening global economy.

“L3 Airline Academy takes pride in its successful history of supplying the airline industry with first rate pilots. We are passionate about helping our students learn how to fly by achieving two main goals – training students to be the most knowledgeable, safe, and sought-after pilots in the aviation industry and helping students and flight instructors achieve their dreams by placing them with an airline,” Coates noted.

Meeting this exponential demand will require innovative solutions featuring advanced digital technology to match the learning requirements of a new generation of students.  To that end, Aerosim’s training programs produce graduates who possess the discipline required of successful airline pilots and exceed the expectations of airlines worldwide.

“Everglades University was founded on its aviation degree programs and we continue to strive to provide opportunities for aviation professionals interested in pursuing successful careers in the aviation/aerospace industry so we are extremely excited about our collaboration with Aerosim,” said Kristi Mollis, president and CEO of Everglades University. “Our agreement with Areosim will provide flight students and flight instructors a seamless pathway from L3 Airline Academyinto Everglades University’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation/Aerospace and subsequently with tremendous career advancement opportunities.  The combination of the FAA certifications and academic training will allow these students to excel in the aviation industry.”

Everglades University Signs Articulation Agreement with L3 Airline Academy

Committed to Aviation Training Excellence

Originally established in 1989 and based at the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), L3 Airline Academy is the only flight school originally owned and operated by airlines Comair Airlines and Delta Air Lines.  Today, under the name of L3 Airline Academy , the rich history of professional pilot training continues with flight training courses approved by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141 and specialized flight training under 14 CFR Part 61.

L3 Airline Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and provides a professional flight training environment based on sophisticated airline standards. The Academy has been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration for its dedication to quality, safety, reliability, and performance and continually strives to turn students into successful airline pilots that exceed the expectations of airlines worldwide.

In its 26 years of operation, L3 Airline Academy has provided more than 2 million hours of flight instruction to more than 7,000 pilots and issued more than 20,000 certificates, while growing its reputation as one of the safest, most reliable flight academies in the world.

For further information about flight training and pathways to the airlines:

About Everglades University

Everglades University has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 2010.  Everglades University is an accredited, private, not-for-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that prepare students to advance in their careers or fields of study. With small class sizes, innovative degree programs, and convenient on-campus and online class schedules to accommodate working students and adult learners, Everglades University is committed to student success.

Everglades University provides relevant degree programs to meet the demands of the evolving job market, which is a result of our partnerships with industry professionals. Our Student Services Department works with both graduates and employers in the community to build employment opportunities. Everglades University is proud of our graduates’ contribution to the workforce and economic development, locally and throughout the state. Visit our website at www.evergladesuniversity.edu.

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Photo L to R: Everglades University Signs Articulation Agreement with L3 Airline Academy : Beth Sautner, MS, Vice President Orlando Campus, Everglades University, Hank Coates, President and General Manager, L3 Airline Academy , Kristi Mollis, President/CEO, Everglades University, Kirk Webster, Aviation Program Director, Everglades University and Shari Riddell, Director of People, L3 Airline Academy .

Editor’s Note: Executive interviews and images are available by contacting Laura E. Richeson, APR at 407.616.8108 or Laura@RichesonCommunications.com.

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