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Amarillo College Aviation Management Cancels Summer Classes

Last minute changes caused turbulence for the Aviation Management Program at Amarillo College.

Last minute changes caused turbulence for the Aviation Management Program at Amarillo College.

"This summer, we are canceling our classes so that we can get that program into compliance with the FAA," Lyndy Forrester, Director of Technical Education at 

The building currently being used for these classes sits on land purchased by Prana Development Group.

AC had been permitted to continue using the facilities for a period of time, but earlier this month, the college found out, it was time to move, which meant canceling the summer classes.

"It's an unfortunate situation but we're committed to taking the summer off, getting everything moved,  and up to FAA standards so that we're ready to go in the fall," Forrester said.

As for the Federal Aviation Administration, Lynn Lunsford, public affairs manager with the FAA told us, "The college informed us that it had voluntarily suspended its program for the summer semester."

Students were able to finish the spring semester, but for some who are close to graduation, the cancellation of summer classes caused concern. 

"I think that there were three people that were the main ones that are affected. And I think that they were upset about it and rightfully so. What we're going to do is meet with our technical adviser and look at it on a case by case basis for each of these students that were finishing up.  And we're going to do everything we can in the fall," Forrester said. 

Forrester says there are 23 students enrolled in the program. With blue-prints ready for the new space, Forrester says they should be clear to hold class this fall. AC has a meeting with the FAA on May 28th to go over the plans to move.

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