Friday, May 18, 2018

Bamberg, South Carolina: City Council supports commercial flight school, aviation degree at Denmark Tech

BAMBERG -- Bamberg City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night in hopes of kick-starting an effort to bring a commercial flight school to Bamberg County.

The flight school, which would be located at Denmark Technical College, would be the only one of its kind in South Carolina and would be modeled on the School of Aviation at Middle Georgia State University in Eastman, Georgia.

Denmark Tech Interim President Dr. Christopher Hall noted that the Commission on Higher Education had recently given technical colleges authority to award four-year degrees on a case-by-case basis. If approved, students would receive a degree in aviation that would prepare them to be commercial airline pilots.

The resolution calls for legislation to be enacted to add the program to DTC, and for the legislature to allocate initial funds to purchase training aircraft, refurbish the existing hangar or build a new one and provide two flight simulators for training to the tune of approximately $4.78 million and to hire three full-time flight instructors, a mechanic and an administrative/dispatch person for approximately $255,000 per year.

The resolution will be presented to the S.C. General Assembly and the Senate Higher Education Commission committees for further action.

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