Joel Kirk

Air Force JROTC Cadets First to Complete Training at Fairmont State University

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Fairmont State will honor its inaugural cohort of U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadets at a graduation ceremony to mark the completion of their training at the University on Friday, July 30 at 3 p.m. at the Fairmont State Aviation Hangar in Bridgeport. 

Fairmont State Welcomes Air Force JROTC Cadets for Summer Academy

Thursday, June 10, 2021

This week, the Fairmont State University Aviation Center of Excellence welcomed its inaugural class of cadets to the summer 2021 U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Flight Academy, a program that is offered by just 25 universities across the country through a partnership with the U.S. Air Force.  

“Every one of these cadets is so sharp, and you can really see their promise,” said Joel Kirk, Chief Pilot and Fairmont State Aviation Center of Excellence Director. 

Fairmont State University Aviation Center of Excellence Honors Donor and Scholarship Recipients

Friday, May 21, 2021

Fairmont State University and the Fairmont State Aviation Center of Excellence honored Fairmont native and donor to the University, David McRobie, at a press conference and dedication ceremony on Friday.  

Fairmont State Aviation Center of Excellence to Dedicate Aircraft Honoring Donor

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Fairmont State’s Aviation Center of Excellence is the first and only (CFR) part 141 established collegiate pilot training program in West Virginia, a designation enabling the program to offer students Federal Aviation Administration approved and structured training, syllabi, training aids and facilities, allowing for a reduction in required training hours.  

Fairmont State to Launch U.S. Air Force JROTC Summer Program

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Fairmont State University Aviation Center of Excellence is preparing to welcome its inaugural class of cadets to the summer 2021 U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Flight Academy, comprised of incoming high school seniors from across the nation. The selection process for the AFJROTC Summer Flight Academy is highly competitive, with all cadets meeting the components required of U.S. Air Force Academy candidates.

Flying Solo: Fairmont State’s Professional Flight Program Prepares Aspiring Aviators

Monday, February 01, 2021

Scrawled in permanent marker on a scrap of a t-shirt is the scene of the runway at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Clarksburg as Kevin Webb remembers it on August 15, 2018: the day he successfully flew an airplane by himself and literally propelled his career as a student in Fairmont State University’s Aviation Professional Flight program to new heights.  

Don Judy Commercial Flight Scholarship Established at Fairmont State University

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Long-time pilot and entrepreneur Don Judy has established a scholarship for Fairmont State University students seeking their commercial pilots license, the first of its kind at Fairmont State.

Judy, a sawmill owner who has been flying since the 1960s, retired in March after 30 years as a designated pilot examiner.

Aviation program unveils new aircraft

Thursday, March 15, 2018

For many of us, getting into an airplane to travel around the country and even the world is becoming more common but pilots to fly those planes are becoming harder to find. Fairmont State University is working to fill that need by training students on their brand new 2017 Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

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