Zachary Hunter, a student from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the first freshman
majoring in aviation science at Elizabeth City State University, to complete a solo
flight. Hunter is one of five freshmen this semester who have completed the private
pilot ground school. The students, who have a minor in flight education, are likely
to complete the Federal Aviation Administration private pilot examination and to obtain
their private pilot licenses before completing this spring semester. The students
are preparing for careers as professional pilots. ECSU is the only four-year institution
in the state of North Carolina offering a bachelor's degree in aviation science. Degree
concentrations in that program include aviation management, computer science, avionics,
public administration, flight education, space science and electronics. Dr. J. Anthony
Sharp, director of the ECSU aviation science program, said they are progressing well
in their first year.
"We are pleased that ECSU students have taken to the air to pursue careers as professional
pilots. The flight program is significant because students have an avenue to learn
about the aviation and aerospace industries as undergraduates," Sharp said. "Billions
of dollars flow through these industries and millions of people are employed in them.
We are confident they will have successful careers in the commercial and corporate
aviation sectors and the military."
The aviation science program is part of the ECSU School of Mathematics, Science and
Technology. For more information on the aviation science program, call Dr. J. Anthony