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Marshall University’s flight school soars in first year


At the midpoint of its first year of operation, Marshall University’s Bill Noe Flight School is already beefing up its fleet of instructional aircraft by adding a third Cirrus SR20 single-engine aircraft, ordering two more and buying a twin-engine Piper Seminole trainer.

The flight school, located at Charleston’s West Virginia International Yeager Airport, opened its commercial pilot bachelor’s degree program last fall with 23 students and two Cirrus SR20s, equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and parachutes that enable safe, whole-aircraft emergency descents.

​The new aircraft are expected to be delivered by the end of this year, Carl Mummert, head of Marshall’s aviation division, said Wednesday during a meeting of the Charleston airport’s governing board.

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