Airline signs letter of agreement with Indiana State University

April 13 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Atlantic Southeast Airlines of Atlanta, Ga., has signed a letter of agreement with Indiana State University, in which the airline agrees to consider for interview graduates of the College of Technology's aerospace program. The graduates would need to meet certain criteria, such as attaining a specified number of flight hours, grade-point average, and certificates and ratings.

"ASA is excited about partnering with Indiana State University — which has a top‑notch aerospace technology school with a strong history of excellence in aviation education," said Captain Scott Hall, director of flight operations for ASA. "We look forward to meeting ISU’s talented graduates and welcoming those who qualify into an exciting career in commercial aviation."

The agreement came about after an ASA representative visited Indiana State's aerospace program and reviewed its flight programs earlier this year.

"I was very pleased to have the opportunity to execute this agreement on behalf of our aviation students," said Tad Foster, dean of the College of Technology. "I have personally worked with many of our students and I believe that our aerospace program will be able to help ASA meet their employment needs with very high-quality new pilot candidates."

The current fleet at ASA includes the 66-passenger ATR-72-210 turboprop, the 40- and 50-passenger CRJ200, and the 70-passenger CRJ700.

To be considered for an interview at ASA, graduates who have completed flight training also must meet the following criteria:

• Attain a minimum of the following FAA certificates and ratings:
FAA First Class Medical Certificate
Commercial Certificate
Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings
CFI (certified flight instructor)

• Completion of AST 313/315 course (Beechcraft King Air 200/B200 Systems/Flight) with a grade of B or better

• Completion of AST 473 course (Boeing 737NG Systems) with a grade of B or better

• Minimum overall collegiate GPA of 3.0

• Minimum Total Flight Hours of 500

• Minimum Multi-Engine Hours of 50

ISU's aerospace program was singled out for excellence in January as well, when its students were selected for three of five national slots for United Parcel Service's competitive Flight Operations internship/co-op at its Flight Training Center in Louisville, Ky. The professional aviation flight technology majors are being paid $35,000 each for their one-year assignment at UPS.

Professional aviation flight technology is the largest undergraduate program in the university's College of Technology, with an enrollment of more than 200 students. To find out more about ISU's aerospace program, go to: www.indstate.edu/aerospace.

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Professional flight aviation students get acquainted with the cockpit in one of the College of Technology's state-of-the-art flight simulators. Students in the aerospace program are being given a leg up in the industry through the letter of agreement signed between the university and Atlantic Southeast Airlines of Atlanta, Ga. (Tony Campbell/ISU)

CONTACT: R. Kurt Barnhart, associate professor and acting chair of aerospace technology, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2665 or rbarnhart@indstate.edu

WRITER: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Atlantic Southeast Airlines of Atlanta, Ga., has signed a letter of agreement with Indiana State University, in which the airline agrees to consider for interview aviation graduates of the College of Technology's aerospace program.

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