Home » EKU selected for elite aviation program; will receive Cessna Skyhawk 172

EKU selected for elite aviation program; will receive Cessna Skyhawk 172

Selected for 2017 Top Hawk program

RICHMOND, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2016) — Eastern Kentucky University has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., to participate in the 2017 Top Hawk program.

aviation-zach_crawford_photoAs part of the selection EKU will receive a new, custom-branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft in early 2017 to support flight training, recruiting efforts and promotional activities during the academic school year.

The EKU program boasts approximately 155 students, nine Cessna 172s in its fleet and numerous partnerships within the aviation industry. With numerous partnerships with community and technical colleges throughout Kentucky, EKU offers the nation’s only FAA-approved “1,000-hour power” 2 + 2 degree pathway to aviation careers.

Other university partners selected for the 2017 Top Hawk program are: The Ohio State University; Auburn University; Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; and Louisiana Tech University.

In addition to the aircraft, the top students from each of the five universities will be chosen for a Textron Aviation summer internship. These students will receive valuable exposure beyond flight training to include real world experience from various corporate departments such as sales, marketing, flight operations, integrated supply chain and engineering to promote a career in aviation.