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Pact with Blue Grass Airport Aids Students

EKU Aviation Student with EKU plane

A “mutually beneficial” partnership between Eastern Kentucky University’s nationally prominent aviation program and Blue Grass Airport has taken another step forward.

With the recent opening at the airport of a new facility for general (private) aviation aircraft owners, EKU students are enjoying yet another opportunity for valuable internships and part-time employment.  At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 14, airport officials were joined by members of the general aviation community and EKU representatives and students to open WestLEX, a new facility specifically designed to provide support services to airport tenants leasing hangars on the west side of the airfield.

Three EKU aviation students are already employed part time at WestLEX. Maggie Smith, a senior aerospace management major from Frankfort who had previously served as an operations intern at the main terminal, said the “wide variety of work” as a service coordinator at a general aviation facility like WestLEX is preparing her well for the industry, which has an acute shortage of pilots, airplane mechanics and other professionals. “It is a really good experience to engage the general aviation community.” Nathan Sheets, a sophomore professional flight major from Louisville, and Lincoln Kilgore, a sophomore professional flight major from Pikeville, are also employed part time at the facility.

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Published on August 20, 2018

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