NTX Magazine Volume 5 - Page 28

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Aviation Today, in response to the nation’s increased need for aviation professionals, and to broaden opportunities for students in the North Texas area, Tarrant County College (TCC) operates a $20 million, stateof-the-art training facility located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, now the largest aviation education facility in Texas with $3 million in training equipment for students’ hands-on learning, which opened in the fall of 2014. The school offers two FAA-approved programs, a Part 141 Flight Program and a Part 147 Aircraft Maintenance Program. TCC’s two-year professional pilot program offers training in Cessna, Piper and Scheizer aircraft and is an American Eagle Pipeline Participant through its partner, the U.S. Aviation Academy. The building has direct access to an airport runway and includes two airplane hangars. Elva LeBlanc, president of TCC’s Northwest Campus, called the three-story, 163,500-squarefoot facility “a beautiful learning environment,” in an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. LeBlanc said the TCC Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics “is strategically positioned to satisfy workforce requirements, is dedicated to the education and advancement of students in the North Texas region, and will play an important role in the economic development of the region.” The center’s opening will help satisfy the demand for more aviation professionals. The need for pilots is expected to increase by more than 20 percent by 2020, according to a report from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and more than 11 percent 26 www.ntc-dfw.org for aircraft mechanics. The aviation industry has a $40 billion economic impact on North Texas and annual payroll of about $11 billion, according to the report. H ome to World’s Largest Pilot Training Center Situated at DFW International Airport is the CAE Dallas Training Centre, the largest training center in the world and part of a broad network of training services from CAE that includes business and commercial aviation, defense and helicopter training services. Each year, approximately 14,500 pilots from around the world train at the CAE Dallas Training Centre, coming to North Texas to receive training to fulfill their initial and annual recurrent training requirements with the FAA to keep their licenses current and their skills sharpened. Customers of CAE include more than 3,500 airlines, aircraft manufacturers and operators, as well as the defense forces of more than 50 nations. FALL/WINTER 2015 Many celebrity pilots train annually at the DFW facility, such as John Travolta and other big names, though CAE declines to name names for confidentially reasons. However, it is well known across the aviation industry that the CAE Dallas Training Centre offers realistic simulation training on more than 80 types of business jet aircraft, from Dassault and Cessna to Bombardier and Embraer. The 44 full-motion simulators in the training center operate 23 hours a day (with one hour of time dedica