Funding Released for Aeronautical Training Program

Honolulu – Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui today announced the release of $100,000 in general funds to the University of Hawaii for its proposed aeronautical training program at Hawaii Community College and UH Hilo.  The funds will go towards the hiring of a program coordinator and technical support staff member to complete studies and plans for an international flight training center.

“The study is the first step towards developing an aeronautical training program, which aims to address the growing demand for pilots,” said Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui.  “This program has the potential to serve as a pipeline into high-wage jobs and the STEM industry for our students.”

“Hawai’i Island, and in particular Hilo, has everything you need to support a world class aviation university program,” said Senator Gilbert Kahele, District 1 (Hilo). “With this investment by the State, it creates the initial foundation for an aviation and aerospace program that will be a beacon in the Asia-Pacific region. With the rapid advancement of fixed wing, rotary and high-technology aircraft systems, the University of Hawaiʻi is poised to be on the forefront of this global demand.”

The Acting Governor also released $100,000 in general funds for the Friends of Challenger Center.  Located at Barbers Point Elementary School, more than four-thousand students in grades six through eight participate in learning activities relating to space exploration at the Friends of Challenger Center.   The Center hopes to increase knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to stimulate interest in pursuing careers in STEM disciplines.