University of Dubuque Aviation Program New Center
This fall is the first full semester that the University of Dubuque’s aviation program is operating out of the newly renovated Ed Babka Aviation Learning Center.
Some classes will be housed at the newly built facility, while other classes instructed on the main campus.
The 3.5 million dollar facility now features four flight simulators, aircraft system labs, classrooms, shuttle service to and from campus, and briefing rooms to discuss student flights.
More than 300 students are currently enrolled in one of the program’s three majors- Aviation Management, Flight Operation, and Applied Aviation Technology.
Program Director Chaminda Prelis believes that this new facility will help the program stay up to date with frequent updates to aircraft technology.
Prelis said, ” We do believe every seven years we will cycle through our aircraft and make sure that the students have the most up to date and modern technology that’s, that’s available.”
The facility has been in operation since May, but a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last month.