Progress for pilots in training

K-State Salina’s evolution into an aerospace education mecca continues with federal funding

On the south end of the Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus, a $33 million federal grant has kicked off phase two of the revitalization plan that will further enhance the General Atomics Aerospace Innovation Ramp.

The grant will fund a new $28 million facility to serve as Salina’s Aerospace Education Hub, which will house the Advanced Aviation Research Center, the Advanced Composites Laboratory and the Aviation Maintenance Training Center.

The remainder of the grant — $5.5 million — will enhance the university’s pilot training partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. K-State will use the funding to add state-of-the-art equipment that better prepares students to join the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps after graduating. (Learn more about the equipment Salina students use to create simulated flight scenarios for pilots in training.)

Power to the programs … and the people

Together these developments paint a picture of progress at K-State Salina, where it seems something big is happening at every turn.

This federal investment is a clear vote of confidence in the programs of K-State Salina, but there are several ways you can help support its people, too.

  • Women in aviation: The aerospace industry is sorely lacking women. Two funds seek to change that — K-State has more than twice the national proportion of women pilots, but there’s plenty of room for more!
  • Student scholarships and faculty support: College still comes with a price tag that sets it out of reach for many bright students, but there are several ways to make a cutting-edge, career-ready aeronautics education more accessible.

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Galen Bunning

Galen Bunning Director of Corporate Relations and Director of Development – Aerospace and Technology


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