No aviation classes here in spring

Published 2:02 am Thursday, November 26, 2015


The doors of the Aviation Center in Andalusia will remain closed for spring 2016.

They were closed for the current semester as well.

Brandon Pierce, spokesperson for Enterprise State Community College confirmed this on Wednesday.

“There are no classes listed for spring 2016 semester in Andalusia,” he said. “The schedule for future semesters has not been determined.”

At Tuesday’s South Alabama Regional Airport Board meeting, Covington County Economic Development President Rick Clifton voiced his concern for the program being absent from the community.

“I’m very disappointed that we got lost in the shuffle of the revamping of the junior college system,” he said. “They shut ours down here and took (instructor and campus coordinator) David Craft out. I know they were complaining that the aviation school numbers were down.”

In years past, the airport and ESCC has held a partnership, which has allowed students beginning in the 10th grade, as well as adults, to take up to eight of the 18 courses needed to obtain an airframe and/or powerplant licenses from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Clifton said he has sent emails to countless people.

“It’s dark again for the spring semester,” he said. “The best we can hope for is for next fall.”

Clifton said the college is still paying rent at the incubator at the CCEDC.

“The phones are even messed up,” he said.

SARA board chairman Gary Smith told Clifton he would make some suggestions on contacts for him.