VU Aviation Technology Center to host Aviation Community Day

Two males standing next to a VU aircraft while another male sits in the cockpit.

June 20, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS - The Vincennes University Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis is hosting its annual Aviation Community Day on Saturday, July 22, 2023. Individuals interested in aviation careers and enthusiasts can learn about educational paths and engage in exciting aviation-related activities.

The free, family-friendly event is 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and is in collaboration with Purdue Polytechnic Institute Indianapolis. 

Aspiring aviators will see their future in aviation by climbing aboard airplanes, taking a photo in a cockpit, piloting a flight simulator, meeting with aviation professionals, and touring the facility at 2175 S. Hoffman Road. They can also learn about the VU and Purdue 2+2 bachelor’s degree program. Rides on the Boilermaker Special are also offered.

VU has a long history of aviation education that stretches back to the 1960s.

The ATC offers high-quality education and is a vital part of VU, which has trained professional pilots since 1964. The ATC has been home to the Aviation Maintenance program since 1993 at the Indianapolis International Airport. In 2010, the VU Flight program joined the Maintenance program in Indianapolis, operating ground school classes and flight simulation at the ATC. Eagle Creek Airpark, just a few miles from Indianapolis International, is home to the University's fleet of aircraft.

“The Aviation Technology Center provides the opportunity for bright minds to pursue high wage and high demand careers in aviation,” VU Director of Aviation Mike Gehrich said.

The ATC underwent a $6 million renovation in recent years. The 92,000-square-foot facility has two hangars and houses a fully functional Boeing 737-200, Gulfstream GI, and multiple full-motion flight simulators and stationary simulators.

VU students can earn an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology plus a Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate. VU students training to become commercial pilots can earn private, instrument, commercial, and multi-engine ratings, an associate degree in Aviation Flight, and certified flight instructor qualifications.

VU and Purdue University offer a joint degree program that provides significant savings to students looking to earn a bachelor’s degree from Purdue in Aeronautical Technology. Students who complete an associate degree in Aviation Flight or Maintenance with VU are eligible to enroll in the Purdue Aeronautical Technology program at the ATC. Students study with Purdue at the ATC and pay VU tuition rates.

Explore VU’s Aviation Flight and Maintenance programs at or by calling 317-381-6000.

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