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WMU Aviation College gets back in the air

Sept. 24, 2001

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.--Western Michigan University's College of Aviation, grounded since Sept. 11, when the Federal Aviation Administration implemented flight restrictions affecting the entire nation, is airborne again and back to its full operating schedule.

"All FAA restrictions that affected our programs were lifted by the FAA late Friday," says Dr. Richard A. Wright, dean of the College of Aviation. "We started some limited VFR or visual flight rules flying over the weekend, and our staff has been working hard to notify affected students that they can resume flying."

Wright says the college will be extending flight schedules, especially on weekends, to help make up for the two weeks of flying time that was lost. Limited flight instruction for students with Instrument Flight Ratings resumed early last week, but the majority of the college's 900 U.S. students and 75 international students were affected by the VFR flight ban.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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