The UVU Aviation Club is hosting a barbeque Sept. 17, 2009 for the organization’s annual opening social. Students are invited to come mingle with professional and student pilots and to tour UVU’s facilities at the Provo airport. Students can check out airplanes as well as have any questions about piloting careers answered. There will also be a movie playing in the hangar while students eat. The barbeque is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Aviation Club started in 2006. Kyler Dalton is the current president but will be graduating soon and will be “passing on the baton.” Membership in the club varies every year, but there are usually a few hundred students in the club. According to the UVU website, the Aviation Science program is one of the largest in the country with over 1500 students enrolled. The program has received national awards for its curriculum and student support systems from the University Continuing Education Association.
UVU has two large hangars at the Provo airport. The hangars are large enough to house UVU’s 30-plus aircrafts, three different training simulators, offices and several state of the art classrooms.
When asked about the hangars, Dalton replied that they were “state of the art enough to be able to host movie parties that will blow your home theater out of the water,I guarantee it. There was a recent technology upgrade over the summer to go from pretty cool to freaking awesome!”
The club will be hosting movie nights throughout the year and will be keeping those interested posted on the dates.
With these types of events, the club is geared not only towards those who are heading towards a career as a pilot, but even students who want to make flying a hobby. Club members do not have to be part of the aviation program.
However, according to Club President Dalton, it is “especially helpful for those students on campus who have an interest in aviation or flying in general, that have thought about being a pilot, but never knew how to take the first step.”
For information about the aviation program, you can check out www.uvu.edu/aviation/ You can also go to www.wiggio.com and sign up for the UVU Aviation Club to keep updated on any event information. People interested in the club may also email any questions to [email protected]