While MVCC's aviation division has been thriving at Griffiss under their aircraft A&P mechanic school, they will soon be adding to it thanks to a New York State grant.

Almost 30 different airports in the state will be splitting over 20 million dollars ear-marked for capital improvement of their properties, 1.5 million of which will go to converting an existing unused hangar at Griffiss into the flight school. Another smaller and non-towered CNY airport, Fulton County Airport at Oswego will also get some $27K to improve their airport signage.

It's unclear whether MVCC will be resurrecting their old pilot training program once the hangar is renovated or whether they'll be moving their new unmanned drone aerial program there or both, but it's exciting to think of the prospect as there is a huge pilot shortage crisis on the horizon. While flight instruction has existed at Griffiss with long-time home-grown schools like Galaxy Aviation and other private clubs and free-lance instructors, it's exciting to think that a bonafide college accredited program could be coming back for potential students to choose from.



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