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The Early Years n 1945, 15 people from Carbondale and I Murphysboro gathered in Parkinson Lab on the SIU campus to discuss the creation of a new airport to serve the Jackson County area. Leading the discussion was Otis B. Young, a distinguished professor of nuclear physics. The intent of the group was to replace the individual airports that existed at that time in the two communities. Discussions proceeded over the course of a year, at which time the group organized a petition drive to place the creation of an Airport Authority on the fall ballot in 1946. The measure was passed and certified by the Secretary of State, and the Airport Authority was created. The original members of the Airport Authority

Board were Otis B. Young, Robert W. Davis, Fred H. Wills, C.T. Houghten and Claude S. Ozburn. The Airport Authority operates as an autonomous unit of local government, and its five Board members are appointed by the mayors of Carbondale and Murphysboro and the County Board chairman. The Airport Authority, and subsequently the Airport, was originally named Murdale. Work began in 1947 with the acquisition of the initial parcels of land necessary to construct the facility. Building construction began in 1948 and was completed in early 1950. The initial structures included one primary hangar and one shared hangar, along with supporting

infrastructure. On Memorial Day 1950, the Airport hosted an Air Show to commemorate the opening of the airport. The official opening was June 1, 1950. On opening day, the airport consisted of 160 acres, two hangars, one runway and 10 employees. Initially, the Airport Authority was operated under contract with the first service provider on the field, Midwestern

Aero Service (MAS). MAS was owned by C. Gene Seibert, Elliott Ketring and Rocky Peebles. MAS contracted with the Airport Authority to operate the airport, and Gene Seibert assumed those duties. For the next 10 years, the Airport grew in size and activity. One of its staple services was training pilot candidates for the military who were attending Southern Illinois University. Then

in 1958, because the increased activity at the airport was reaching beyond the local area, the Airport Authority officially changed the name of the facility to more properly reflect its mission. The Southern Illinois Airport Authority, operating the Southern Illinois Airport, was the result. The affiliation between MAS and SIU would grow over this decade until 1960, when SIU decided to enter the field of flight training directly by purchasing the Midwestern Aero Service operation. Upon that

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acquisition, the three principals of MAS became the initial employees of the SIU operation termed Air Institute and Service (AIS). Upon the assumption of Midwestern Aero Service by the University, the Airport Authority contracted with SIU to manage the Airport. Gene Seibert retained his title as Airport Manager and also became Manager of Air Institute and Service. Elliott Ketring became Chief Pilot for AIS, and Rocky Peebles left to eventually become Chief Pilot for Proctor & Gamble.

The Middle Years ust as the economy grew in the 1960s, so J did the Airport. The decades of the ’60s and ’70s witnessed substantial growth in the Airport’s facilities. Consistent with the growth of the University, the Airport’s facilities expanded many times. Development of a second runway and several extensions to the original runway was combined with the construction of new buildings, parking lots and aircraft ramps. The University expanded its presence at the Airport with the creation of the nationally renowned Aviation Technology program in 1965. In late 1969, Air Illinois was founded by a group of local investors, and the advent of commercial airline service to St. Louis and Chicago began. The airline survived the turbulent ’70s with the

rapid escalation in fuel costs and the post-decade rise in inflation. They grew to have more than 15 aircraft and flew to five destinations from the Airport. More than 200 employees were based at the Airport, where Air Illinois built its corporate home. The ’70s also saw a transition in the management of the Airport Authority. In 1976, the University and Airport Authority agreed to sever their contract management arrangement, and a staff of dedicated airport employees was created. Gene Seibert continued to serve as Airport Manager while ending his tenure as SIU Air Institute Director. The late 1970s was the most robust period in the Airport’s history, when airline passenger levels hit their peak, and aircraft takeoff and landings

reached their highest levels. These indicators placed great strain on the facilities at the airport, and, as a result, another period of development commenced in the early 1980s. Gary Shafer assumed the Airport Manager’s position for the Airport in 1982 after serving as assistant for two years and moving from a position in Ohio. The staff of the Authority grew to include nearly 20 people devoted to airport maintenance, operations and police responsibilities. Tragedy struck the Airport and the region in a significant way when, in October 1983, Air Illinois crashed north of the facility killing everyone on board. This event triggered the demise of Air Illinois, which had grown by that time to become one of the largest regional airlines in the country. Several replacement airlines

made an attempt at serving the local area, but changes in fleet, destination and airline culture during the decade caused these attempts to be unsuccessful. Scheduled airline service ended at the airport in 1996, as the airlines shifted away from small communities across the country. The 1990s saw the expansion of the airport through the acquisition of additional land, the development of a third runway and the construction of four new buildings on the field. This decade was fueled by the continued growth of the University’s aviation programs on the field. Numerous dignitaries and presidential candidates traveled through the airport, and the facility handled the visit to the region by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Top left: Installation of air traffic control tower in 1982, replacing the temporary tower constructed in 1972.

Left: SIUC Aviation Technologies faculty member Bill Milton (second from left) provides instruction to a group of Av Tech students, late 1970s.

Photos Courtesy of SIU Aviation Department

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History of SIUC Aviation: Building on a Strong Foundation n December 1960, the assets of Midwestern Aero Services, a Fixed Base Operator or FBO based at I Southern Illinois Airport, were purchased for just over $50,000, including four aircraft, spare parts and their lease to operate at the airport. Southern Illinois University then created the Air Institute and Service to replace Midwest Aero Services as the FBO on the airport and to begin providing aviation education and air transportation services to the university and to the surrounding area. The Air Institute and Service was not an academic unit but a services unit of the University. The Air Institute didn’t directly employ full-time academic faculty but did teach flight classes from the beginning, using civil service employees as flight instructors. The founding Director of the Air Institute and Service was C. Gene Seibert, and the founding Chief Pilot was Elliott Ketring, both of whom were involved in the ownership of Midwestern Aero Services. The first aviation degree program that was established at SIUC was the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Technology (including coursework for the Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate), which was initiated in the fall of 1965. Its founding Director was E. A. “Tony” DaRosa. This degree was offered under the auspices of the Vocational Technical Institute (VTI) of Southern

Illinois University, whose Dean was Dr. Ernest Simon. The program was taught in a brand-new hangar and aviation technology building built at Southern Illinois Airport. In the early 1970s, the original Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology was divided into two degrees, an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology and an Associate of Applied Science in Avionics Technology. In 1973, the Vocational Technical Institute (soon to be renamed the School of Technical Careers) was given permission to establish a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Careers, and soon thereafter a Specialization in Aviation Management was established to build upon any technical background in aviation. This included the two associate degrees already offered, as well as flight coursework and military or civilian work experience or training in aviation. The specialization in Aviation Management eventually grew to become a separate major, the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management, which was approved to be offered in 1984. Also approved that year was an Associate Degree in Aviation Flight, which finally formalized the fact that the university had offered flight coursework since 1960. In 1989, a special grant received from the Federal

Aviation Administration under the Airway Science Program, funded the construction of the addition to the College of Technical Careers Building to house a classroom for Airway Science instruction. It also included a library (the Herbert H. Howell Aviation Management Library), an office and a storeroom. In 1990, the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the Aviation Administration Concentration of the Master of Public Administration. This degree was then a joint offering of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Technical Careers, today, the College of Applied Sciences and Arts). In 1993, the College of Technical Careers was reorganized into a departmental structure that included the Department of Aviation Management and Flight and the Department of Aviation Technologies. In 1996, the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technologies with Specializations in Aircraft Maintenance, Helicopter Maintenance and Aviation Electronics, and, at the same time, merged the former Associate of Applied Science degrees into the new B. S. degree. In 1999, the Minors in Aircraft Product Support (available through the AVT and the AVM degrees) and Airport Management and Planning (available through the AVM degree) were approved. Also in 1999, the Joseph A. Schafer Helicopter Laboratory was dedicated and officially opened on the west side of Southern Illinois Airport. This facility illustrates a key strength of SIUC Aviation: Its unique offerings in helicopter maintenance and close ties to Bell Helicopter-Textron. The result is that, today, Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers one of the most comprehensive aviation program offerings available in the nation with Associate of Applied Science degrees, Bachelor of Science grees and master’s degrees, as well as two minors. Nearly 400 students are enrolled in these programs. In support of SIUC Aviation, the university operates 36 flight training and air transportation aircraft and also has available more than 25 aircraft and helicopters for maintenance programs. By late 2012, the university is expected to

SIUC Air Institute and Service air transportation/charter staff circa 1980 including (left to right): Terry Wendling, Jean Dietz, Elliott Ketring and Bob Piland. Elliott Ketring was one of the founders of SIUC Aviation and was a co-owner of Midwestern Aero Services with Gene Seibert (the company that was sold to SIU to become the Air Institute and Service. Photo Courtesy of SIU Aviation Department

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complete construction on the recently-approved $63 million Transportation Education Center, which will include new facilities to support Aviation Management and Flight and Aviation Technologies programs and students.

This is a unique photo of President Delyte Morris holding the leashes on two Saluki dogs....."the original Flying Salukis." They are standing in front of a Beech 18 aircraft that SIUC once used to transport the President and other university officials. Circa 1960. Photo Courtesy of SIU Aviation Department

50th Anniversary of SIUC Aviation 60th Anniversary of Southern Illinois Airport Celebration Banquet Friday, November 5, 2010, 6:30 PM SIUC Student Center Ballrooms All former SIUC Air Institute and Service, Aviation Technologies, Aviation Flight, Aviation Management, Southern Illinois Airport Authority and Air Illinois Employees are invited!

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Department of Aviation Technologies Celebrates 45-Year Anniversary odern aircraft require highly trained technicians to manage hardware, troubleshoot systems and maintain airframe structures and power M plants. The Aviation Technologies program has been training aircraft technicians since 1965. The department began as an Associate Degree program offering two degrees, one in aircraft maintenance and one in avionics. The program evolved over the years, changing to a bachelor’s degree program in the early 1990s and adding a helicopter maintenance training program to go along with avionics and advanced aircraft maintenance training already offered. The programs in Aviation Technologies are ranked among the best in the country and were developed with input from industry representatives and the Federal Aviation Administration to provide the requisite skills and broad educational experience necessary in today's competitive environment. Optional paths within the major provide a great deal of flexibility in preparing for a career in the aviation industry. Students first pursue the FAAapproved airframe and power plant certificate in a five-semester sequence of coursework. Then they concentrate on a particular area of interest within one of the three bachelor degree programs. As new fly-by-wire aircraft replace older aircraft, technicians who can effectively deal with aviation electronics will be in demand more than ever. The Aviation Electronics, or Avionics, specialization is designed to accommodate this need. Avionics students learn the latest aircraft flight management systems, digital electronics, digital data and glass cockpit technology. Graduates of this program are in high demand by industry. The Aircraft Maintenance Specialization program provides students an opportunity to advance their technical skills beyond the level of basic certification. In this specialization, students will be introduced to aviation electronics for maintenance technicians, aviation electronics flight-line maintenance, advanced composite repair, flight management systems, aviation maintenance management and advanced propulsion systems. Evolutionary improvements in technology and engineering have made rotor lift aircraft a part of our every-day lives. Helicopters have proven their value and dependability in military missions, executive transportation, construction, law enforcement, agriculture, air ambulance and rescue. The Helicopter Specialization program provides students the opportunity to advance technical skills in helicopter theory. Additional aviation technology and management courses compliment this specialization. Course requirements include helicopter theory and general maintenance practices, overhaul and helicopter power trains and inspections. Coursework covers a variety of makes and models of helicopters, including those manufactured by Bell, Sikorsky, Enstrom and Boeing. As the aviation industry rapidly changes and as new requirements are anticipated for the aviation maintenance technician of the future, SIUC graduates will be well prepared to meet the challenges of these new requirements and to occupy new positions of responsibility.

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The Current Decade and the Near-term Future he current decade has witnessed a substantial amount of growth at T the Airport, despite the short -term operational impacts felt from the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The Airport was closed for 10 days after that event, as all airports waited for the system to be restored. The University’s programs matured and expanded during this decade, and the Airport added new and improved facilities. More than $30 million in federal and state grants have been obtained by the airport in its 60-year history to build the infrastructure for the airport’s tenants and users. Nearly $10 million of that has occurred in this past decade. This latest period of growth has seen the expansion of the airport to 850 acres. Current land acquisitions are under way, which will add another 150 acres. Additionally, six more buildings were added to the complex to serve the

growing aviation needs of our tenants. Nearly all runways and taxiways were repaved, leaving the airport with one of the best physical plants in the state. Traffic levels pushed the Airport into the rank of 7th busiest in Illinois. More than 100 aircraft now make the airport their home base, and all buildings at the facility are completely full. More than 170 people make the airport their base of employment. An economic impact study revealed an annual boost to the local economy of more than $13 million dollars. The airport now exists as the largest and busiest within nearly 100 miles. As the Airport transitions into the next decade, significant new developments are coming to the field. Begun this year, the Illinois Army National Guard is building two new buildings, opening development on the east side of the airport. This new development is designed to consolidate

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four current Guard and Reserve operations in the Cairo, Marion and Carbondale areas. At nearly $12 million, the facilities will add more than 50,000 square feet of space to the campus. An exciting new development will soon begin with the construction of the Southern Illinois University Transportation Education Center. This three-building complex will add nearly 200,000 square feet of space and bring nearly 200 more people to the airport. At an estimated $49 million, including design, this development will represent the single largest improvement in the airport’s history and will occupy nearly 10 acres of land. A new Aircraft Firefighting and Snow Removal building will also begin this year, thanks to the assistance of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. This 22,000-squarefoot building will serve the growing fleet of vehicles owned by the Airport Authority that are used

in the maintenance, repair and emergency needs of the airport. Finally, additional projects to support the Airport will include the development of a fiber optic backbone for the facility, an extension of the Airport’s sanitary sewer system, a new water trunk line, a new runway lighting system and the construction of a new aviation fuel facility. Altogether, more than $65 million in new improvements will be added to the facility in the next two years. The decade ahead looks robust and exciting for the Airport Authority, its tenants and our broader community.

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Diagram courtesy of Southern Illinois Airport

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SIUC Aviation Offers Many Options for a Flight Career At Southern Illinois Airport he Aviation Flight program has had a strong tradition of providing the requisite knowledge and skill for students who wish to enter the workforce as T professional pilots. All students who enter the program will graduate the curriculum with the certifications necessary to serve as a commercially certificated pilot with multi-engine and instrument privileges. As the industry has evolved, the Aviation Flight program has recognized that some students desire additional flight skills and knowledge. Some students want to work for the airlines, others desire a career with a corporate flight department, some choose to remain as career aviation educators and some choose to do specialty flying in places like Alaska or Canada (mineral exploration or charter trips). To meet the demands of these diverse flight career pathways, the SIUC Aviation Flight program has created a number of elective courses to provide the skills and experiences to better prepare our students as they enter the workforce. The following paragraphs describe these elective courses that our students may take: Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) is a momentous step in the career progression for the career aviator. The AF300 course develops the CFI candidate’s ability to instruct others wishing to pursue a recreational, private, or commercial pilot license. Once proficient, the student will then act as the flight instructor during both ground and flight lessons. These students will learn to devise lesson plans for each unit of instruction built into the course. Afterward, the student will effectively conduct the ground or flight lesson they have prepared with the instructor assuming the role of the student. This course prepares the CFI student to fly the aircraft from the instructor’s flight station. During their training the CFI candidate will make accurate observations and analysis of flight errors and recommend the appropriate corrective action. Significant focus during AF300 training is placed on the role of the new instructor as a professional, a mentor as well as being a competent aircraft operator. Successful completion of this course will permit the student to become a FAA Certified Flight Instructor which in turn allows the new instructor the opportunity to begin to train other pilots. Typically, graduates of AF300 will achieve their CFI by their senior year. It is very common that these CFI’s will begin their teaching career as student workers (CFI’s) in the Aviation Flight program training other student pilots and building critical important flight experience. Practicum in Air Carrier Operations (AF304): This is a select enrollment flight practicum course offered as an elective to post- associate degree graduates of the Aviation Flight program. The course offers advanced students opportunities to gain multi-engine flight time and practical experience in the C-340A and the C-421C aircraft. The students share work load on passenger carrying flights in a crewing situation under the supervision by the captains in the SIUC Executive Air Transportation Department. Ultimately, the students gain experience flying in the air traffic control system in various weather conditions and with the decision

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making process involved throughout all phases of a flight. A graduate will typically acquire 40 hours of flight experience plus ground training which is extremely valuable for obtaining entry level jobs as career pilots. Airline and Turbine Aircraft Operations (AF 305): This course is designed to prepare students for the expectations of an airline training program. The course gives the student experience in operating turbine aircraft, exposure to airline operations, familiarization with Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) part 121 regulations, and it allows students to develop crew coordination skills by simulating the roles of a Captain and a First Officer. In this course, students learn how their personality and leadership style affects how they interact with crewmembers. Students will complete Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) scenarios that help them develop judgment and decision making skills. Graduates of this elective course have routinely reported that it gave them a significant edge over their peers during new hire training and made the airline indoctrination process much less demanding. Introduction to Technically Advanced Aircraft (AF 306): All SIUC Aviation Flight students learn the basics of flying with analog instrumentation. Once they have completed their basic certification, students have the opportunity to see the future of aviation in the Technically Advanced Aircraft Transition course, AF306. This course exposes students to computerized flight instruments and all the additional data they provide. These “glass” flight decks have become the industry standard for both general aviation and the airline industry. This course is taught in a Frasca 141 simulator with true flight force feedback technology. This simulator allows students to gain experience on the Garmin G1000 system, the industry leader in general aviation glass flight deck systems. The simulator also affords students the opportunity to fly into areas that would be impractical or unsafe with an aircraft, and so broaden their flight experiences in a safe and controlled environment. AF306 offers students an opportunity to gain experience in both industry standard systems technologies and in flight situations outside their normal flight training routine. Internships: SIUC offers a wide range of “Flight Operations Internships” through partnerships within the aviation industry. Historically, nearly 100 SIUC Aviation Flight students have been hired at airlines such as United, United Parcel Service, Delta, American and Northwest due to successful completion of an internship. This opportunity continues today with interns from SIUC serving in flight internships this summer with airlines like American, AirTran Airways and Delta as well as at the HP Flight Department in San Jose, California.

For more information about an Aviation Flight career or to gain admission to this program at SIUC, contact David Jaynes at (618) 453-9235 or check our website at

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Aviation Career Days ach year the departments of Aviation Management & Flight and Aviation E Technologies hold three special aviation career days. These special aviation open houses bring more than 300 potential students to the campus. The career days are big productions that showcase the aviation degree programs and the job opportunities in aviation to high school and community college students who are interested in aviation. Later in the spring to early summer, SIUC works with corporate flight departments and general aviation operators to host the Corporate and General Aviation Career Day. This day highlights opportunities for prospective students who love aviation, but may not be interested in an airline job. General aviation aircraft are flown in to the Southern Illinois Airport especially for the day. Students get to explore the airplanes and helicopters that companies use to conduct their business, talk with the pilots and maintenance crews, and take introductory flights in SIUC training airplanes. Corporate and General Aviation Career Day has been hosted every year since 2002 and will be held this year on Saturday, June 26th. Interested students can register for this event now at

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Air Race Classic s we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of our flight A training program and the sixtieth anniversary of our home base, the Southern Illinois Airport, the women of SIUC’s Aviation Flight program have a little bit more to be excited about. 2010 just happens to mark 100 years of certified women pilots. It is also the year that we became a provisional chapter of Women in Aviation, International. Our chapter, the Saluki Aviators, is Chapter 100—an interesting coincidence that is not lost on us! And this year, the 2010 Air Race Classic lands at the Southern Illinois Airport, with three SIUC teams competing. The Air Race Classic is a women-only cross-country air race that traces its roots to the first women’s air race, the National Women’s Air Derby held in 1929. Names like Louise Thaden, Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes and Bobbi Trout are all associated with this air race. The 1929 route took participants from Santa Monica, CA, to Cleveland, OH. Over the years, women’s air

racing has undergone some organizational changes, including a name change. The Air Race Classic, first flown in 1977, is currently held every summer, and is open to women pilots from around the world. Previous races have stopped in Southern Illinois, including Marion in 1980 and Mt. Vernon in 1990. This is SIUC’s first year to compete in the race. Our three teams will be composed of flight instructors and students from SIUC. The teams include Heather Heidinger and Sabrina Zwego, Christine Zoerlein and Erin Jackson, and Ashley Carder and Katie Lake. We are looking forward to the race and all of the unique opportunities that it has to offer us--opportunities to expand our skills as pilots, to see new places and meet new people, to form new and lasting friendships, and to learn from some really cool women. We know that without the support of our university, our airport, our families, friends, and community, it would not be possible for us to race. We are thrilled to participate

and grateful to all who have helped to make it possible. This year’s race begins on June 22 in sunny Fort Myers, FL. Fiftyfive teams are registered to compete, nine as Collegiate Teams. Each team will fly a total of 2,157 miles over 4 days, concluding the race in Frederick, MD. Carbondale is the fifth stop along the route. Each team is scored based on their aircraft’s own speed, according to the current handicapping system. This gives each team, regardless of aircraft, an equal chance at winning one of the Top Ten places. In addition, the Collegiate Teams race for the traveling Collegiate Challenge Trophy. If you get the opportunity to meet any of the racers when they’re in town, please help us make them feel welcome! For more information about the SIUC teams or to contact us, please visit our website at

The Future is Bright for the Air Traffic Control Careers at SIUC Aviation he air traffic control courses offered at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) have T historically been popular electives among aviation flight and aviation management students. This comes as no surprise, as many aviation students recognize the operational and managerial value associated with a greater awareness of the air traffic control system. The Department of Aviation Management and Flight (AVMAF) at SIUC offers two air traffic control-related courses: The Air Traffic Control System, Procedures and Rules (AVM 360) and The National Airspace System (AVM 460). The Air Traffic Control System, Procedures and Rules course explores the scope and breadth of the air traffic control system. Topics to be discussed include: visual separation standards, radar separation standards, oceanic air traffic control, navigational systems, communications systems, surveillance systems, airspace and other topics. The National Airspace System course discusses current issues and topics in air traffic control, as well as, other segments of the national airspace system and the aviation industry. In combination, these courses provide a comprehensive view of what is considered by many to be one of the most complex enterprises in the world.

The Department of Aviation Management and Flight can deliver two different perspectives of air traffic control operations – civil and military. Dr. Samuel Pavel is a former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controller with experience in the air traffic control tower, radar approach control and air route traffic control center. Dr. Jose’ Ruiz is a former U.S. Air Force air traffic controller and air traffic control officer with experience in the air traffic control tower and radar approach control. Dr. Ruiz also augmented the FAA air traffic controller workforce at Denver Stapleton Airport during the 1981 air traffic controller strike. In concert, they provide exhaustive and relevant instruction in the field of air traffic control. The future is very bright for the air traffic control curriculum at SIUC. The Department of Aviation Management and Flight is in the process of developing a minor in air traffic control (anticipated program delivery in 2011). The department is also investigating the acquisition of air traffic control simulation equipment in conjunction with the construction of the new Transportation Education Center. These exciting additions to the Department of Aviation Management and Flight will only serve to

galvanize SIUC’s reputation as one of the premier collegiate aviation institutions in the nation. For more information on entering the Air Traffic Control field contact Dr. Jose Ruiz at or by calling (618) 453-8898.

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The College of Applied Sciences and Arts thanks Earnest J. and Mary C. Simon for their support of aviation education and aviation in southern Illinois.

From left to right: Tony DaRosa (Director, Aviation Technology, SIU); Elliott Ketring (Chief Pilot, Air Institute and Service. SIU); Dr. Ernest J. Simon. (Dean. Vocational Technical Institute. SIU). C. Gene Seibert, (Director, Air Institute and Service, SIU and First Airport Manager, Southern Illniois Airport) and James Zimmer (Member, Southern Illinois Airport Authority Board). Photo taken in 1964 at the ground breaking for the SIU Aviation Technology Building at Southern Illniois Airport, which opened for classes in September, 1965.

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The Future of SIUC Aviation: The Transportation Education Center The Southern Illinois Airport Authority and Southern Illinois University Carbondale have worked together since the mid-1990s to develop a series of new buildings to be built at Southern Illinois Airport to serve not only the future needs of SIUC Aviation but also the SIUC Automotive Technology program. This series of buildings is, collectively, the SIUC Transportation Education Center, or TEC. The current plan is to build three buildings consisting of well over 200,000 square feet of space on the TEC site, including: • The Main TEC Education Building, which will be the largest of the three and will include classrooms, an aviation simulation laboratory, an aviation weather/dispatch center for the Aviation Flight Program, three large automotive labs, an aviation library, two computer labs, a multi-purpose area (auditorium, etc.)

and faculty offices • The Aviation Engine Test Cell Facility, which will include test cell bays for both turbine and piston engines as well as a mate/de-mate hangar • The Automotive Storage Facility to support the extensive (80+) fleet of industry-donated automobiles used by the Automotive Technology program These three buildings will be added to more than 120,000 square feet of space already used at Southern Illinois Airport by SIUC Aviation, effectively tripling the space allocated for SIUC use at the airport. The TEC is expected to be a catalyst for further transportation industry research, as well as a facility that provides for future programmatic and research options related to the aviation and automotive industries.

Rendering courtesy of SIU Aviation Department & FGM Architects

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CONGRATULATE SIUC AVIATION FOR 50 GREAT YEARS, 1960-2010!!! Charles Priester, Chairman Barry Batson Scott Brown Clarence Copping Doug Fitz Steve Hawkins Mike Ketring Keith Mortag (ex-officio) Dave NewMyer (ex-officio) Jay Rud

Steve Brainerd Mike Burgener (ex-officio) Michael Ellis (ex-officio) Tony Flannagan Kerry Johnson Joe Messina Ed Newby Mike Peters Greg Wellman

In Memory of Ronald D. Kelly, Emeritus Member of the Captain’s Club *The SIUC Captain’s Club was formed in 2005 to support fundraising for SIUC Aviation Programs.

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