McKinney ISD Aviation Academy event proves program is flying high

McKinney ISD Aviation Academy event proves program is flying high
September 26, 2014
McKinney ISD Aviation Event
Hundreds attend information session at McKinney Airport - The McKinney Aviation Academy has taken off, and this week was a swooping reminder.

September 26, 2014
By Chris Beattie
McKinney Courier-Gazette

The McKinney Aviation Academy has taken off, and this week was a swooping reminder. McKinney National Airport, site of the program’s new fourth-year course, hosted the academy booster club’s largest-ever event Tuesday. Planes provided the backdrop for a 300-plus guest showing inside Monarch Air’s hangar.

Also on hand were representatives from aviation-oriented businesses, services and institutions. The club’s goal was to display the industry’s career diversity. “There are so many different options,” said John Day, the club's executive board president. “There is a place for anyone in aviation.”

Michael Mallonee, principal aviation planner for North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), dangled the options with appealing data for McKinney ISD students and parents. With more than 500,000 aviation-related jobs, Texas is home to four times the national average, and there are 300 aviation and aerospace employers in NCTCOG’s 16-county region, according to Mallonee.

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