UH-Hilo avi­a­tion plan de­layed

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL -

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.

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