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2008-06-02 13:31:29

Mount Allison University and Moncton Flight College Announce New Degree Program — Bachelor of Science in Aviation

DIEPPE and SACKVILLE, NB — Another dimension to New Brunswick post secondary education was added today with the joint announcement that Mount Allison University and the Moncton Flight College will be offering a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Aviation. The multi-disciplinary degree will offer students the chance to obtain their Commercial Pilot’s Licence while completing an undergraduate degree.

Mount Allison University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Robert Campbell, says, “This is a great day for Mount Allison, the Moncton Flight College, and the region as a whole. The new Bachelor of Science (Aviation) program is the first degree program of its kind in Atlantic Canada and draws together both Mount Allison’s and the Moncton Flight College’s strength in teaching and training. It also reflects the growing demand for professionals with a liberal arts education and critical thinking skills and combines this with hands-on training to prepare them for the next step.”

“For many years pilot training experienced few alterations to its delivery ….now however we are seeing dramatic changes,” stated Captain Mike Doiron, Principal and CEO of the Moncton Flight College. “This partnership represents two major world-wide developments that are happening in flight training,” continued Doiron. “….the move toward University degree programs and academies that are connecting directly to airlines for pilot provisioning.”

The Moncton Flight College is recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces for having flight training standards comparable to their own. “Upon graduation students will qualify to enroll as an officer in Canada’s Armed Forces and they will progress through pilot training much faster...” stated General Lou Cuppens, former Deputy Commander-in-Chief of NORAD and current President and CEO of NBADA, the New Brunswick Aerospace Defence Association. “The partners in this undertaking are a natural fit,” stated Cuppens, “as they both carry significant credibility and expertise in their respective activities. They will be generating coveted, well trained pilots and aviation specialists.”

The new Bachelor of Science in Aviation will welcome its first students this September. The interdisciplinary major will cover basic geography and environmental science, math and computer science, chemistry, physics, as well as upper-level aviation courses. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in Mount Allison’s rich liberal arts curriculum, while receiving hands-on pilot training at the Flight College — graduating with a Bachelor of Science as well as their commercial pilot licence with multi-engine and instrument flight rules ratings.

About Mount Allison University

Ranked the #1 Undergraduate University by Maclean’s Magazine in 2007 and receiving several As in this year’s Globe and Mail University Report Card, Mount Allison University has always been highly regarded for its unique approach to learning and its commitment to the total development of its students. The University has also produced 47 Rhodes Scholars — the latest being Dara MacDonald ’08 of Halifax. Because of its small size, location within a small community, and residential nature, Mount Allison offers a broad range of social, cultural, athletic, and academic opportunities and areas for active involvement. These influences help shape our students as future leaders, many of whom go on to top positions around the world, in a multitude of fields.

About the Moncton Flight College

The Moncton Flight College (MFC) is now the largest provider of commercial pilots in Canada and as well has placed itself on the leading edge of pilot training developments in Canada. It has international certifications for Europe and China. Currently the MFC is the only CAE Global Academy in Canada and not unlike a university, is actively engaged in research and development. The Moncton Flight College is also recognized by the Department of National Defence in meeting its strict standards for pilot training.

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For further information or to schedule an interview please contact: Mike Doiron or Mel Benson at the Moncton Flight College tel: 506-877-2285 x102/107 or Sheila Blagrave, Mount Allison University tel: 506-364-2345 or Laura Dillman Ripley, Mount Allison University, tel: 506-364-2600.

Photo caption: Moncton Flight College Principal and CEO Capt. Michael Doiron, seated in the plane, and Mount Allison University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell pose for a photo at the joint announcement that Mount Allison and the Flight College will be offering a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Aviation.

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