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FMU aviation program soars with new plane purchase

caines | 10/18/2012, 7 a.m.

The Florida Memorial University [FMU] Aviation and Safety Department ushered in a new era of excellence with the purchase of a Cessna 172 SP airplane. The University invited institutional stakeholders and community members to help dedicate the newest addition to the South Florida skies at Miami Executive Aviation in the Opa-locka Airport. The U.S. Air Force and the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust provided grants to underwrite the aircraft. We are here to serve notice that FMU is a place where dreams also take flight, said FMU President Henry Lewis, III. This new airplane allows our students to gain experience on state-of-the-art equipment and provides the greater community with stellar aviation professionals. The plane will be used to train students and customers interested in flight lessons. Notable Aviation graduates include: Norma Ely, Air Traffic Control Manager at Andrews Air Force, home of Air Force One; and Barrington Irving, the youngest pilot to successfully embark on a solo flight around the world. Irving was on hand to commemorate the occasion.