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USU Aviation Program Purchases Helicopters from Mountain Ridge Helicopters

Cache Valley Daily Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

For nearly 80 years Utah State University has been providing flight training programs. As planes and aviation technology have evolved since then, so has USU's approach to preparing students for a career in the skies. “We’ve had a relationship down at the airport since 1939 training pilots," says Bruce Miller, Department Head of the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education at USU. ... In 2013 the university began a partnership with private flight school Mountain Ridge Helicopters at the Logan-Cache Airport. ... Now, that relationship has evolved as the helicopters have been sold to the university and the instructors are now USU employees. ... Miller says the relationship with Mountain Ridge Helicopters and USU has been a good one. They are located next to each other at the airport and the efficiencies of combining both a fixed wing program with a helicopter program makes a lot of sense for the university. ... Miller says many of the students will have had some kind of triggering event in their lives that made them want to become a pilot, like taking a helicopter ride as a tourist over the Grand Canyon, Hawai'i or Las Vegas. And then they focus on achieving the goal of becoming a pilot, themselves.

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