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Vaughn College Announces New Strategic Partnerships to Benefit Students

Vaughn College provides its students with real-world skills to fill in-demand careers in the fields of engineering, technology, management and aviation. Recently, Vaughn College has established new corporate partnerships with several airlines that will benefit students and prepare them for post-graduation employment. Demand for graduates is high with 98 percent employed or continuing their education within one year of graduation, 81 percent in their field.

“Partnerships with the industries that employ our students are a key strength of this institution and the beneficiaries are our graduates,” said Dr. Sharon DeVivo, president of Vaughn. “By staying current with industry needs and asking employers to provide opportunities for current students, we continue to provide a transformational education that changes students’ lives.”

The 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook and well as the Airbus Global Market Demand forecasts more than 600,000 commercial pilots and 679,000 maintenance technicians will be needed in the next 20 years.

To provide the next generation of pilots, Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines have developed unique approaches and partnered with Vaughn College on a Preferred Hiring Gateway program, to assist in the selection, training and education of potential new pilots; assist Vaughn with retention of flight instructors; and provide career opportunities for selected pilots. In a similar agreement, ExpressJet has partnered with Vaughn on its Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3), a mentorship-based educational program that gives students a highly structured, clear path through college to help future aviators pursue their dream. The program seeks to arm students with the tools and knowledge they need for efficient career advancement beginning with a certified flight instructor to a position that results in employment as a regional airline pilot and, finally, a major airline pilot.

Vaughn’s Aviation Training Institute, which houses the aviation maintenance technician program, has been selected as one of 38 institutions to partner with Delta Air Lines for its Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) program. As students prepare for their careers, essential and applicable training is necessary to be able to transition successfully into the workforce. Delta Air Lines continues to recognize Vaughn’s ability to produce highly-skilled technicians. This partnership will benefit the College’s students by expanding its relationship with Delta and making the company a resource for continuous improvement of the AMT program, along with Delta’s assistance with marketing the program to prospective students.

Helping middle and high-school students to consider aviation as a career path is key to meeting the forecast demand for well-qualified professionals and it requires strong collaboration between higher education and industry. The JetBlue Foundation recently awarded Vaughn an $85,000 grant as part of its program to fund science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This grant will fund the purchase of a RedBird MCX full-motion flight simulator training device to expose 300 New York City area students and 300 Vaughn students, particularly the 220 in the flight degree programs, to the career possibilities.

“The new simulator provided by the generosity of the JetBlue grant will significantly enhance our current lab of four simulators,” said Dr. Peter Russo, aviation department chair. “With our aviation heritage and our top-of-the-line equipment, we provide students with high-quality training that will prepare them for their careers.”

About Vaughn 
Founded in 1932, Vaughn College is a private, four-year college that enrolls more than 1,600 students in master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation on its main campus in New York City and online. The student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Ninety-eight percent of Vaughn College graduates are placed in professional positions or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation, eighty-one percent in a related field. They work in 20 countries and all 50 states. The institution serves many first-generation college students and is recognized by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information, visit

Luminati Choses Long Island as its Base of Manufacture for its Line of HALE UAV’s

By Steve Attard -Luminati 2017

Friday, June 16th – Luminati Aerospace formally announces the rebirth of aerospace manufacturing at Calverton Enterprise Park on Long Island, New York.  Formerly leased by Northrop Grumman, the Plant 6 facility is where some of the world’s top naval aircraft had once been assembled.  Tapping into the region’s manufacturing past, Luminati will be using the facility and its outlying grounds to produce a unique and innovative line of commercial high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles known as HALE UAV’s. 

In addition to the design and manufacture of the UAV’s, Luminati’s expertise includes supportive research and development which explores new concepts in both structural composites and energy harvesting which is what makes their UAV product line both unique and possible.  The super light-weight components they develop permit their UAV’s to operate at very high altitudes where they’ll source energy from the sun and also from natural wind currents allowing them to stay aloft for what is essentially indefinite periods of time.

Luminati’s choice to use Calverton Enterprise Park as its home makes perfect sense as the entire complex, originally built in the 1950’s, was assembled as a self-supporting aircraft manufacturing environment.  Even after all of this time the infrastructure remains intact, it’s affordable and space is readily available for any interested organization who may desire to join them in support of their endeavors.  Within his opening speech Daniel Preston, CEO and founder of Luminati, extended a heartfelt invitation to all potential suppliers/partners to reach out to him directly. 

The Long Island Business Aviation Association wishes to extend a warm welcome to Luminati Aerospace, Mr. Preston and all of those in support of the rebirth of aerospace manufacturing within our community here in New York.

Long Island MacArthur Airport Welcomes Frontier Airlines

Frontier201Islip, NY - Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter was joined by Long Island MacArthur Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken, members of the Islip Town Board, elected officials, and representatives from Frontier Airlines, at a press conference announcing Frontier Airlines’ new daily nonstop service from Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) to Orlando (MCO) beginning August 16, 2017.

“Customers in the Long Island region consistently ask for competitive fares and more options from ISP,” said Angie Carpenter, Islip Town Supervisor. “Our research shows, Orlando continues to be a top market for us, and we are pleased to announce Frontier as a new airline partner at MacArthur Airport. Every passenger using MacArthur Airport adds to our local economic prosperity. We know that Frontier’s service to Orlando will translate to roughly $800,000 a year in concession revenue alone. That means more jobs and more opportunity for our area,” said Supervisor Carpenter.

“The growth of Long Island MacArthur Airport will benefit our economy and the region’s business community, and thus I commend Supervisor Carpenter for partnering with a new airline that will help the airport realize its full potential,” said Kevin Law, President of Long Island Association.

Frontier will be offering introductory fares of $39 one way. Providing service since 1994, Denver-based Frontier Airlines currently serves more than 60 destinations system wide with nearly 300 daily flights, and will serve ISP with Airbus A320 aircraft.

In addition to the airlines’ ultra-low-fare status, Frontier bundles customer costs via the WORKS℠ or the PERKS℠” strategy.

“For almost three years, Frontier has introduced ‘Low Fares Done Right,’ bringing affordable and friendly travel to millions across the country.  We’re excited to bring this to Islip as well as work with the local community to make these flights successful. By giving our customers choice, we offer a way to travel for everyone. With our a la carte or The WORKS and The PERKS bundled options, we allow our customers to pay for what they want to,” explains Tyri Squyres, Frontier Vice President of Marketing.

What else should passengers expect with Frontier Airlines? “Onboard our aircraft, MacArthur Airport passengers will enjoy a high-quality customer experience and some of the widest seats in the airline industry,” said Squyres. “We work hard to enhance service options. The engineering on our slimline seats makes them lightweight and maximizes each passenger’s comfort. We’re even boosting the size of our middle seats, so no matter where you sit on the aircraft you will be able to relax and enjoy the flight.”

While the seats and service inside the aircraft are a benefit, Shelley LaRose Arken, Commissioner of MacArthur Airport, takes notice of what Frontier Airlines’ is doing outside the plane, as well.

“Frontier is an innovative and professional airline working hard to ensure its aircraft are fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly. The airline flies one of the youngest fleets in the industry,” said LaRose-Arken. “Frontier uses the latest engines, and wingtip sharklets that extend the aircraft range and flight distance, while also reducing fuel consumption,” she added.

“Our recent work to enhance marketing and Air Service Development is gaining the attention of our airline partners. We know there is a tremendous opportunity for enhancing the customer experience at ISP,” explains MacArthur Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken. “Frontier recognizes this, and we are so glad they want to FlyMacArthur!” 

“We compete for every passenger. We expect that Frontier’s business model will result in lower fares and increasing demand for Orlando service from ISP,” LaRose-Arken explains.

“The airlines’ route system and goals match up very nicely with MacArthur Airport’s Air Service Development plans. Frontier’s decision to serve ISP validates both our potential and our commitment,” said LaRose-Arken.


Frontier Airlines is committed to offering 'Low Fares Done Right’ to more than 60 destinations in the United States, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic on nearly 300 daily flights. Headquartered in Denver, CO, Frontier’s hard-working aviation professionals pride themselves in delivering the company’s signature Rocky Mountain hospitality to customers. Frontier Airlines is the proud recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2016 Diamond Award for maintenance excellence and was recently named the industry’s most fuel-efficient airline by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) as a result of superior technology and operational efficiencies.

Long Island MacArthur Airport has two of the four major US domestic air carriers: American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, who have provided service at ISP for more than 10 years. Together these carriers provide service to 6 cities nonstop, and connect to hundreds of destinations in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe. The airport serves 1.2M passengers annually and employs 6,000 people, with a $14.6M annual operating budget and an economic impact of $600M to the region and local community.

AOPA - Opposes New York S.4333 / A.5523 - Bad news for New York State

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is strongly opposed to S.4333 and A.5523 as the proposed legislation is unnecessary, inefficient, and sets a bad precedent for other cities and towns int the state. This legislation would require a public vote prior to the East Hampton airport accepting federal or state funding for airport projects.  It is unnecessary; as the airport sponsor, East Hampton already has the authority to implement the condition of a referendum prior to acceptance of federal or state aid.  Additionally, the township maintains the ability to consciously decide to forego receiving any federal grants. There is no requirement that an airport sponsor MUST accept airport grants of any form.

Furthermore, no other municipality in New York requires a public referendum to accept grant money for airport projects. Nor is a referendum required for similar public infrastructure projects such a s a public highway, road or other utility.  It is generally understood that requiring a vote prior to funding utility projects is inefficient, possible unsafe, and ill advised.  

Airport grants such as those from the FAA airport improvement program are safety based, requiring prompt action on the part of airport sponsors to comply with federal and state safety standards.  Delaying an airport sponsor's ability to receive federal funding may also result in the temporary closure of the airport.  In addition to lost revenues following any closure, federal and state agencies may levy fines for failure to comply with log established safety standards, further burdening the municipality's residents.

This proposal is a wolf in sheep's clothing that serves only to handicap local authority. No other municipality requires a public referendum to accept financial aid for airports or similar public infrastructure projects. Lastly, they implication of a state law to mandate a public referendum to accept financial aid for airports or similar public infrastructure projects. Lastly the implication of a state law to mandate a public referendum for safety improvements on airports may ultimately jeopardize public safety.  This policy is unnecessary for East Hampton and sets a bad precedent for the state of New York. For these reasons and others, AOPA opposes S.4333 / A.5523


The East Hampton (HTO) Airport on Long Island, New York is an important part of New York State's system of airports. The 2010 New York State Department of Transportation Statewide Economic  Impact Study credits HTO with producing 91 jobs. The aiport generates approximately $6 million in annual earnings, and produces a total annual economic impact of more that $12.6 million. Designated as a Regional / Corprate Business Aiport by New York Department of Transporation, HTO is home to more that 100 based aircraft, averaging more that 25,000 general aviation operations annually.

 Since 1939 , AOPA has been committed to enduring the safety, future viability, and development of general aviaton as an integral part of our national transportation system. Plese contact AOPA Eastern Regional Manager Sean Collins at sean,collins@aopa,org or by calling (301) 695-2090.

NBAA Calls for Focus on Aviation System Modernization, Not Privatization

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

Washington, DC, June 5, 2017 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today issued the following statement in response to the administration’s continuing calls for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system.

The president’s renewed call for ATC privatization was included in a set of transportation-infrastructure spending “principles” advanced by the president today at the White House.

“NBAA has worked for many years to promote technologies, policies and procedures that ensure America’s aviation system remains the largest, best, safest and most diverse system in the world, Bolen said. “We are deeply concerned with the president’s call for ATC privatization – a concept that has long been a goal of the big airlines. No one should confuse ATC modernization with ATC privatization – the two are very different concepts.

“Unfortunately, the recent discussion about privatization is really about the airlines’ push to gain more control over our air traffic control system, so that they can run it for their own benefit, and is a sideshow to a serious and constructive discussion about building on the progress currently underway on NextGen,” Bolen said. “We are concerned that those left behind under ATC privatization would be the citizens, companies and communities that rely on general aviation for all manner of services.''

Proposals for privatizing ATC have been pushed by the airlines and their supporters as part of the continuing congressional debate over reauthorization of funding and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The concept has raised concerns among members from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, mayors from across the country and a majority of Americans. Organizations on the political left and right of center have also raised concerns, including that the details for ATC privatization included in the president’s most recent budget documents may increase the deficit.

Aviation groups have also opposed the concept, and today, a host of aviation organizations sent a joint letter to the White House signaling continuing concerns over ATC privatization. Review the letter in its entirety.

“NBAA continues to be focused on the goal of aviation-system modernization, and we will work with the Congress and administration to make that a reality,” Bolen added. “At the same time, we will ensure that the business aviation community is vigilant and ready to mobilize on any legislative proposals that would distract or hinder progress on modernization.” 

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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