American Airlines Awards Flight Education Grants to 10 Innovative Aviation Organizations

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 9:00 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines announced the latest recipients of its flight education grant program, awarding more than $300,000 to schools and organizations working to grow and diversify the pilot population.


“Of the nearly 600 organizations we invited to participate in our program, these 10 stood out with innovative ideas on growing and diversifying the pilot career path and creating opportunities for those who may not otherwise have the chance to learn,” said Captain David Tatum, American’s Director of Pilot Recruiting and Development.

In a Jan. 19 ceremony held at the C.R. Smith Museum, American awarded these organizations grants totaling $313,000.

  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Aspen AEROspace
  • Community College of Beaver County
  • Delta State University
  • Kansas State University
  • McKinney ISD Aviation Academy
  • Ocala Aviation Services
  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
  • Saint Louis University
  • V.R. Eaton High School and Aviation & Aeronautics Academy

In May 2017, American awarded more than $140,000 in grants to seven other institutions with a focus on aviation:

  • Tuskegee Next
  • Riverside Flight Center
  • Infinity Flight Group
  • U.S. Aviation Academy
  • Midwest Air LLC d/b/a Crosswinds Aviation
  • Global Aviation Corp
  • Aviation Academy / UNT
Representatives from Delta State University accept an American Airlines Flight Education Grant award at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth

Representatives from Delta State University accept an American Airlines Flight Education Grant award at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth.

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