HOUSTON, TX — The Texas Southern University has launched the first Navy JROTC Cadet Flight Academy in the country on July 6.
Upon the launch, Director of Aviation, Dr. Terence Fontaine, said, "This honor says a great deal about the support that our Aviation Advisory Board and TSU leadership has given the aviation program. Although our flight program is one of the newest in the country, our goal is to be best in class."
He then added, "I want to personally thank our aviation staff for going the extra mile to facilitate these very important programs to the university."
Meanwhile, the President of TSU, Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, commented, "We are delighted to be one of the first universities in the nation to partner with the United States Navy to train future aviators. Our aviation program is one of the best in the nation and one of only eight located on an HBCU campus."
"The shortage of pilots and the need for more diversity in the cockpit make TSU uniquely qualified to meet the needs of the U.S. Navy and increase aviation diversity," she continued.
To become members of the Navy JROTC Summer Flight Academy, candidates must go through a rigorous selection process.
All cadets must fulfill the required components for U.S. Navy Academy candidates.
Similar to the TSU Air Force's JROTC Aviation Academy, every Navy cadet who joins the six-week program will receive training to obtain their personal pilot's license.
Summer 2021 JROTC cadets will move into dormitories on the TSU campus and start Ground School on July 5. Later, they will join Flight School on July 19 at Ellington Airport.
During Flight School, all cadets will have an opportunity to fly twice a day with TSU flight instructors.
Presently, the Texas Southern University Aviation is accommodating eleven cadets in an Air Force JROTC flight program. The cadets are showing their progress and have achieved the main program milestones.
The cadets have finished their solo flight as well as cross-country and night-flight training. In addition, they have also completed the FAA Part 141 training and are scheduled to participate in the FAA private pilot's check-ride.
It will be the final test they have to take to get their private pilot license next week.
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