K-State at Salina to open flight training campus in Wichita

By TIM UNRUH – Salina Journal. See original Salina.com article

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K-State Aviation Program Expanding

WICHITA — Kansas State University at Salina plans to establish by this fall a campus in Wichita that will offer flight training, Dennis Kuhlman, dean of K-State at Salina said Thursday.

Kuhlman said the campus will be at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita, which is near Jabara Airport in north Wichita. The expansion, which will require Kansas Board of Regents approval, has been in the works for about a year, he said.

“It allows K-State at Salina to gain additional students in Wichita in the flight program, and offers an opportunity to Wichita State University students that they don’t currently have,” Kuhlman said.

K-State Salina hangar and fleet

K-State Salina hangar and fleet

The potential for the new campus is an additional 30 students, he said. The Salina campus typically has 200 to 250 students in the professional pilot program, said Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head.

Aviation engineering students at WSU will enjoy the opportunity to have flight training closer to their main campus.

“This just meets a need,” Kuhlman said. “We’re a land grant institution. Our responsibility is to try to provide education to the students of Kansas.”

Reporter Tim Unruh can be reached at 785-822-1419 or by e-mail at tunruh@salina.com.

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