Parks Poised to Meet Growing Demand for Pilots, Maintenance Personnel

October 5, 2010
Aviation Science

A story in the St. Louis Business Journal (Sept. 16) quotes Boeing Company estimates that the worldwide demand for new airplanes as well as the personnel to fly and maintain them will increase dramatically over the next two decades.

Based on the company’s “Current Market Outlook” Boeing said the airline industry will need 23,000 new pilots and 30,000 new maintenance workers each year for the next 20 years with the largest need in China.

Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology has been training pilots, engineers and aviation industry leaders for more than 80 years. Founded in 1927, Parks was the first certified flight school in the nation.

Terrence Kelly, chair of the department of Aviation Science, says “SLU is well positioned to respond to the need for additional pilots and aviation professionals.  We maintain a fleet of modern, single and multi-engine aircraft complemented by state of the art simulators to offer our students the best flight training available. An education in the Jesuit tradition provides the necessary breadth and depth to meet the challenges of the global aviation environment.”

The college recently introduced graduate programs in engineering and aviation. “Given the enduring and emerging complexities in global aviation, advanced academic degrees provide the aviation professional with valuable skill sets and experiences to assume leadership positions within their chosen organizations,” says Kelly.

Parks College is home to the Center for Aviation Safety Research, a center funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. The center was established by congress to solve crucial aviation safety research questions and allows SLU students to assist with research and enroll in dual-listed advanced courses. The goal of the center is to serve as the central resource for practitioners, researchers, and consultants to develop sustainable safety initiatives across air transportation as well as other high-consequence industries. 

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