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What Makes an Aviation School FAA Approved?

If you’re considering the field of aviation and aren’t sure where to go for training, it’s important to find a school that meets standards in terms of curriculum, operations, and safety. The Federal Aviation Administration sets guidelines that schools must follow to earn the federal government’s seal of approval. Consider

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10 Random Aviation Facts You Probably Have Never Heard Of

When boarding a plane, do a bunch of random questions ever pop into your head about aircraft in general? Since the in-flight magazine probably doesn’t contain random and interesting information (although it is important), we’ve researched some fun, random aviation facts to satisfy your curiosity. 1. Flying Can Break Sound

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What Personality Traits do Aircraft Mechanics Have?

Do you like working with your hands? Do you enjoy paying close attention to details? Are you intrigued by all things mechanical? If you have an interest in aviation, then training to maintain and repair aircraft just might be your calling, especially if you have the personality for it. If

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Tulsa & RVS Campus Graduation August 2020

See Below for the graduates that finished up in August. Congratulations on your accomplishments at Spartan! We wish you the best of luck in your careers and/or continuing education! Full Name Degree Earned Jiawei Guo Aviation Flight Christian Laureano Aviation Flight Jaymz Alvarez Aviation Maintenance Angelo Bustamante Aviation Maintenance Christian Chavez Aviation

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Use of Composite Materials in Aviation

Aircraft are incredibly complex. They have to be strong and durable, yet lightweight enough to remain airborne while sometimes carrying thousands of pounds of cargo. The evolution of aircraft has given rise to the increased use of composite materials in their construction. Here’s an overview of how these materials are

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Maintenance Human Factors in Aviation: The Dirty Dozen

Aviation maintenance requires considerable precision and attention to detail. Nonetheless, human errors are inevitable, and certain circumstances make them especially likely. Some maintenance human factors in aviation that can lead to errors are so common that they’re regularly included in aviation maintenance technology training courses. According to the FAA, about

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What are A&P Licenses and What Can You Do With Them?

If you’re considering training as an aircraft mechanic, you may be wondering what certifications you can pursue to further your dreams. One set of credentials you can earn  are the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certifications (commonly referred to as the A&P license). So just what can you do with these

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How to Choose a Trade School That’s Right for You

If you want to receive hands-on career-oriented training, enrolling in a trade school may be the right choice for you. Here’s an overview of the types of trade schools, how to choose a trade school that’s right for you, and how Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology can help you

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What are Airworthiness Directives & Why are They Important?

When you purchase a new car, you may receive a notice at some point warning about a defective part or electronic glitch. When consistent problems are discovered, the manufacturer has to fix them and make sure those same issues do not occur in later models of its vehicles. Similarly, aircraft

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How to Get Started with Airframe and Powerplant Training

What is airframe and powerplant training? It is essential training that teaches you how to repair and inspect aircraft as an aviation maintenance technician (AMT). This type of work ensures that airplanes and their systems are maintained to airworthy standards and are safe to fly for pilots and passengers. What’s

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5 Things to Look for in a Flight School

 If you’re thinking about becoming a pilot, choosing the right flight school is incredibly important. Knowing what to look for in an aviation program will increase the likelihood that you will gain the skills and knowledge needed for your training to really take off. Here are five factors to consider

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4 Different Types of Flight School Training for Future Pilots

Training to become a pilot is a rewarding journey. There are many different types of flight school training available to those that are interested. The right path towards becoming a pilot can be very different for each individual, and it’s important to carefully go over the options offered at each

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What Does an NDT Technician Do With Their Training?

NDT stands for “nondestructive testing.” Nondestructive testing technicians and quality control technicians are the scientists and detectives of the manufacturing world, making sure objects and parts are not compromised so they can continue to perform their functions. Regardless of their exact position within a company, NDTs have important responsibilities for

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Broomfield Campus Graduation June 2020

To our Spartan Broomfield Graduates: We wish that we could have had our normal celebrations this year. Please know that we are celebrating together, even if we are apart. Congratulations to each of you on this achievement. We wanted to say thanks to each of you for your commitment to

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Train to be a Pilot in the Aviation Flight Program

At Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, we offer our students flight training to become a pilot. We also like to stay informed about industry news in the aviation world, and right now, the airline industry is experiencing a pilot shortage that looks like it may only increase with time. 

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How Green Technologies Could Affect Aviation Electronics Training

Sustainable aviation is a very popular topic because planes play a significant role in climate change. Many experts and environmentalists are advocating for a change in the way we fly our planes and are encouraging research into technologies and industry practices that reduce the carbon footprint caused by the aviation industry.

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Spartan College + United Airlines at Denver Aviation Day

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is proud to announce that our Denver area Campus President, Nicholas Brown, was recently featured in the United Flight Line Newsletter. Below is the interview with Brown and Nick Accardi of United Airlines discussing topics such as Denver Aviation Day, pilot training, and Spartan’s relationship with

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How a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Management Increases Your Knowledge

Graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Technology Management is an investment in yourself and your future. Some examples of technical field training and experience include but are not limited to: Aviation Maintenance Technology; Avionics/Aviation Electronics Technology; Nondestructive Testing Technology; Aviation Flight; Automotive Technology; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; Welding; Construction; and other

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What Can You Do with a Private Pilot License

It’s amazing what can be possible with a private pilot license (certificate)! You could have the freedom to travel the skies when you want and you can fly in aviation clubs and give rides to your family and friends. You can even help fly chronically ill patients to medical appointments via charity

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Heroes Who Earned Their Pilot Licenses at Spartan

At Spartan College, we are proud of our alumni, who have gone on to achieve remarkable success in their careers. Over the course of its 90-year history, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has trained more than 100,000 aviators and technicians for their aviation careers. The Spartan College flight school was founded in

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Airworthiness Directives Explained

Keeping aircraft in optimal operating condition is essential to ensure safe and efficient flight.  Aircraft technicians play a critical role in troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing avionics systems.  Aviation colleges provide the knowledge and hands-on training aspiring aircraft mechanics need to comply with the many rules and regulations, also known as airworthiness directives, that address

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The Aircraft Mechanic Shortage: Retiring Boomers

When contemplating entering into a new career, you should know what the job outlook for your chosen field will be. When it comes to becoming an aircraft mechanic, aviation mechanic, or aviation technician, you should know the job market is growing and aviation maintenance technicians will be in high demand for

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Spartan’s Los Angeles Campus Celebrates 30 Years of Accreditation

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood) Campus was recognized by the COE for completing 30 years of accreditation. The Council on Occupational Education (COE) recognized Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology – Los Angeles Campus for completing 30 years of accredited status at the Council’s Annual Meeting

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Prepping Students for Takeoff

September 28, 2018 – The weather showed glimpses of fall with cooler temperatures in the forecast, but that didn’t stop students from attending Aviation Day at the United Airlines Tech Ops Facility near Denver International Airport. Students got a chance to talk to professionals in the aviation industry. Demand for

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Career Aspirations Take Flight at Denver

Career aspirations take flight at Denver International Airport Young people with airline career aspirations got an insider’s look at what makes the profession so special on Friday at Denver’s Aviation Day 2018. With exhibits focused on aircraft maintenance, operations, Inflight Services and Flight Operations, among other work groups, the day

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Spartan College and United Airlines to form Partnership

Pipeline program creates strategy to fill industry shortage with qualified aviation technicians Officials at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology and United Airlines announce today the establishment of a tuition discount program for aviation technicians. United Airlines will provide a ten percent tuition discount to eligible employees and family members

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Technical College

Updated: June 4, 2020 Whether just out of high school or wanting to upgrade your skills and education later in life, you’ll be faced with a major decision: college or technical college? While college has its place, choosing a technical college may have benefits that a traditional 4 year college

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Spartan College Announces New Tulsa Campus President, Kari Pahno

Officials at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology announce today the selection of Kari Pahno as the new President of Spartan College, Tulsa Campus. Officials at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology announce today the selection of Kari Pahno as the new President of Spartan College, Tulsa Campus. Pahno will

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Spartan Campuses are ranked in Top 10 for Upward Mobility

Los Angeles, California (January 24, 2017) — Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology’s LA Campus – known as Crimson Technical College at time study was conducted – was recognized as number 7 out of 2,137 schools in the nation for delivering the highest upward mobility.  Los Angeles, California (January 24,

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What Does an Avionics Technician Do?

Working with aviation electronics is the primary task of an avionics technician. To be ready for a career in this area, first it might be helpful to know exactly what this job will entail. First, What Is Avionics? Avionics is a specific field of electronics that deals with aircraft electronic equipment.

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Spartan acquires Colorado aviation maintenance school

An affiliate of Spartan Education Group LLC announced this week the acquisition of Redstone College, a Colorado-based aviation maintenance school located near Denver. Founded in 1965, Redstone College offers training in airframe and power plant, avionics, wind energy and HVAC. Since the school’s beginning, it has trained more than 15,000

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Spartan College and Republic Airways establish career pipeline program

Tulsa-based Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology and Republic Airways announced Thursday the establishment of a career pipeline interview program. The purpose of the new program is to increase Republic Airways’ access to qualified applicants for pilots and technicians and to increase employment opportunities for Spartan graduates, according to a

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Spartan Sponsored 4-H Robotics Team Wins First Place

The OKC Homeschool 4-H Robotics Team took 1st place at their regional championship in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, December 5th-6th. BEST Robotics is an organization dedicated to “Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology” by designing robotics competitions for teams to compete in. The OKC Homeschool 4-H Robotics Team is made up of

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13 Random Aviation Facts

For those who love aviation, flying is a passion and a life pursuit. It can also be completely baffling and amazing. Here are thirteen random facts about flight and flying that are guaranteed to make you think differently about your next trip in the sky. Fun Facts about 747s: You could

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Spartan College Alumni Testimonial: William Day

In the spring of 1965 I was an Air Force navigator preparing to leave active duty just as the major airlines were beginning to hire civilian pilots with low flight time.  I was aware that these rare windows of opportunity were of short duration and for me time was imperative.  

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Spartan College Announces 5-Year Partnership With USAF

As reported in the Tulsa World on August 28th, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed a $12 million, five-year contract to provide training to the United States Air Force. The program, similar to one Spartan participated in during the Iraq war, will prepare about 30 USAF personnel annually to work

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Common Aviation Terms

Entering the world of aviation is like entering another country. It has its own people, its own customs—and its own language. This article provides a sample of some of aviation’s most common terms, with definitions. ATP (Airline Transport Pilot): The pilot certificate requiring the highest level of experience and skill, required

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What Will I Learn in Flight School?

A career in aviation, especially one as a pilot, is a dream for many people. If you’ve been considering flight school, you may be wondering: what will I need to learn beyond take-offs and landings? This article, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, provides a guide to the kinds

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Women’s National Aeronautics Association Trains at Spartan

The Spartan News, published during the War years, documented the contributions of women pilots during that time, and the openness with which Spartan accepted them as equal partners in the war effort. Tulsa Women Organize Air Corps Unit Now Training at Spartan “The local branch of the Women’s National Aeronautics

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British Cadets Train in Spartan’s Flight School

The British Are Coming! (1941-1945)“Captain Maxwell Balfour, his piercing black eyes scanning the motley crew, gave them their first official greeting in the U.S. ‘Welcome to Tulsa.’, he said, ‘Climb on that bus and we’ll take you to breakfast’. The British had come to Spartan.”“One of five flying cadet schools

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Morning Mission

The memorial as it stands at the Tulsa International Airport today. “During World War II, 16,000 young men of the United States and Allied Nations received flight training at the Tulsa Municipal Airport and subsidiary fields. Of these, 14,000 were trained by Spartan School of Aeronautics and 2,000 by the United States

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Remembering J. Paul Getty

J. Paul Getty took ownership of Spartan in the 1930′s and inspected the Spartan Factory and School for the first time on December 7, 1939. Peek writes, “(Getty) was greatly impressed by ‘captain’ Max Balfour. He was running a . . . school training hundreds of army cadets, and appeared

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FedEx Express Donates 727 to Spartan!

August 21, 2012 – A Boeing 727-200F aircraft from FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.     (NYSE: FDX) was donated at the North Campus at Tulsa International Airport. College and  Community leaders gathered to celebrate this generous donation to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.  A tour of the aircraft followed

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Spartan’s Aircraft Manufacturing History

Not only has Spartan contributed to the evolution of the aviation industry by training highly skilled pilots and aircraft technicians. Spartan has also had a history in manufacturing quality aircraft. The aviation school is the only college in the nation to have also been involved in the manufacturing as well as

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Spartan’s Historical Timeline

Spartan College has a rich history.The below outlines some of our aviation college’s more historic events. 1928 – Spartan School of Aeronautics was founded September 27, 1928, by W.G. Skelly, President of Skelly Oil Company. He established Spartan Aircraft Company and formed the corporation that built Tulsa Municipal Airport (now called Tulsa

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