K-State adds aircraft to fleet

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K-State adds five aircraft to learning fleet
The aviation program at Kansas State University's Salina campus has added five new Cessna Skyhawk 172 G100s to the university's fleet of learning aircraft.

"In addition to having the G1000 avionics system, these new planes have autopilot. This means that our students get a well-rounded experience in our Cessna 172 aircraft. They start learning in a gas gauge environment and, as they build flight time, move into more technologically advanced aircraft," said Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head.

"Adding to our learning fleet was important to the program. As we gain students, it's important to gain aircraft to maintain our low student-to-aircraft ratio," said Dennis Kuhlman, CEO and dean of K-State Salina.

The university took delivery of the aircraft in late November and students were able to use the aircraft for their last two weeks of classes.

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K-State is an elite Top 5 aviation university. Located on the Salina campus adjacent to a 12,000-foot runway, the program has a modern fleet of more than 40 learning aircraft and more Master Certified Flight Instructors than any other college or university in the country. K-State Salina offers affordable degrees in aircraft maintenance, professional pilot, technology management and engineering technology. Certificate programs are available in air traffic control, airframe and powerplant, airport management, avionics maintenance technology and unmanned aerial systems. More information on K-State aviation programs is available at www.salina.k-state.edu/aviation.

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The Salina Airport Authority has developed the premier airport and industrial center in the Midwest. The board of directors and staff are proactive in providing the citizens of Salina, Saline County and North Central Kansas with a center that support business and industry, which, in turn, provides jobs and payroll that benefit the region.

The Salina Airport Authority is home to the Salina Municipal Airport, the Salina Aviation Service Center and the Salina Airport Industrial Center.

Salina Airport Authority Executive Director
Tim Rogers, A.A.E.
Salina Airport Authority Manager of Public Affairs & Communications
Melissa L. McCoy
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