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CAU hosts U.S. Air Force Aim High Academy

As the first session concluded and another began, the cadets taking part in the U.S. Air Force AIM High Flight Academy at California Aeronautical University (CAU) recently celebrated graduating from the three-week program designed to launch aviation careers.

Selected candidates ages 16 to 23 applied for the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive aviation flight training program provided by CAU. The Air Force AIM High Flight Academy enables selected cadets to gain valuable knowledge and experience, both in the classroom and through flight sessions. During these sessions, students will be able to fly up to five days a week and log 15 hours, with the aim of completing their first solo flight. The cost of the academy hosted by CAU is covered 100 percent by the U.S. Air Force, including housing at CAU's Bakersfield Campus adjacent to Meadows Field.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the U.S. Air Force to host their all-expenses-paid flight academy,” said Matthew Johnston, president of CAU. “This is such a great opportunity for those who may not have the resources or opportunity to learn to fly on their own. We look forward to helping the Air Force inspire the nation’s youth to consider a future in flying.”

Promoting aviation among our youth is critical to address the pilot shortage challenging the aviation industry. With the increased demand for air travel, the industry needs more qualified pilots to keep up with the industry's growth. 

“When we decided to relocate the AIM High Flight Academy to universities across the country, CAU was an early standout because they have a great support system for this scholarship’s desired outcomes. Based on our early results from this year, our students love the program and are getting the highest quality aviation training,” said Master Sergeant. Collins A. Mensing of the United States Air Force Recruiting Service.

Ultimately, these initiatives are helping create greater awareness among our nation’s youth about potential careers available within the field of aviation while also providing needed resources for those interested in pursuing such paths. Through increased exposure and access to resources like scholarships and internships provided by these initiatives, more young people will be empowered with opportunities that will help them reach their goals while also addressing one of today’s most pressing challenges - pilot shortages across our nation's skies. CAU is honored to partner with the Air Force for this initiative.

“Having recruited aviation professionals for the Air Force on active duty, it is an honor to operate full circle with the Air Force in a similar civilian role I have had for many years. Whether these cadets enlist in the Air Force first or decide to come to CAU then enlist, or decide to go the commercial civilian route, the goal is exposure and opportunity. We are very grateful for this partnership and what it means for the future of aviation,” said Tamu Smith-Kohls, Vice President of Enrollment Marketing for CAU.

Topics: Training and Safety, Student, Scholarship

California Aeronautical University

California Aeronautical University (CAU) is preparing the next generation of aviation professionals. Serving students from all over the country, the University offers career-focused programs in aviation, aviation business, and aircraft maintenance. With on-airport locations throughout California and in Arizona that provide an ideal learning environment, CAU courses are delivered in a year-round, fast-paced schedule that enables students to enter the pipeline for aviation careers in a shorter amount of time. Through the University’s strong partnerships with airlines, influential aviation organizations, and leaders in the aviation community, CAU graduates become a part of a larger aviation network and reap the benefits of these relationships, including direct access to several airline cadet programs. The University offers access federal student financial aid, scholarships, and veteran benefits to those who qualify. For more information, visit calaero.edu.