For the second year, TROY and SkyWarrior teamed up over the summer to host the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Flight Academy.
SkyWarrior, the Pensacola-based flight school the University partners with for its Aviation Operations minor, delivered the training to 10 high school students from across the nation and from Puerto Rico.
Through the program, AFJROTC cadets earn their private pilot’s license.
“Troy University was pleased to serve as a partner school with the AFJROTC program again this summer,” said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of First Year Studies. “The students had the opportunity to earn their Private Pilot licenses and the University had the chance to showcase our campus. We were proud to host these great students, and future pilots, as members of the Trojan Nation all summer long.”
Greg Sigler, SkyWarrior’s vice president and one of the academy instructors, said it was exciting to help the generation of pilots succeed. His company has been providing flight training for TROY students and those at Pike County Schools since 2019, taking over for Trojan Aviation.
“Aviation is more than just a job for most people. It’s a passion,” he said. “These kids will have a great chance of being hired because there are enough pilots. It’s a great field to get into – whether military or civilian.”