The College of Aeronautics and Engineering’s (CAE) 18,000 square-foot Aeronautics Academic Center has been in use since Fall 2019. An Aircraft Maintenance and Academic Center, which will become the third brick-and-mortar building for the CAE, is slated to break ground in spring 2020. The FedEx building marked the second building for the College and the first brick and mortar facility at the Kent State University (KSU) Airport. The expansion allows students to learn in the classroom, laboratory and airplane all within the same campus.
The new FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center is included in the first phase of the university’s facilities 10-year master plan and will fully replace the currently- used classroom trailers. The new facility was also included in the 2014 Federal Aviation Administration master plan for the KSU Airport, which was approved by the Board in September 2015.
The new facility includes classrooms, flight debriefing rooms, flight simulators and a faculty research laboratory in addition to student lounge space and faculty offices.
The CAE expansion comes at a time when demand for new pilots is projected to rise dramatically over the next two decades. Boeing has projected that aviation will need 790,000 new pilots by 2037 to meet growing demand, with 96,000 pilots needed to support the business aviation sector. With added space, the College is eager to support an enrollment increase.