UH-Hilo aviation plan delayed
A decision on a long-awaited, four-year aviation program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo has been deferred.
The Board of Regents’ Committee on Academic and Student Affairs, meeting Thursday, will take up the matter again in February or March, UH officials said.
If approved, the proposal would go to a full board vote and ultimately be implemented under “provisional status.”
Programs with provisional status can accept students and offer classes, said Matthew Platz, vice chancellor for academic affairs at UH Hilo. If successful they’re continued on a permanent basis.
The campus estimates 20 resident students will enter the program each year. Those students would graduate with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical sciences and immediately be eligible for a range of jobs, including military pilot, bush pilot and flight instructor.