Carolina Aeronautical expected to open mid-February at Bob Sikes

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A Carolina Aeronautical branch campus should open in this John Givens Road building by mid-February. The first classes tentatively begin in April.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 02:51 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A new Bob Sikes Airport tenant will soon offer certification aimed at transitioning military aircraft mechanics to civilian certification.

Simpsonville, S.C.-based Carolina Aeronautical Airframe and Powerplant, an aeronautics vocational school, is opening a branch campus in the Okaloosa Industrial Air Park.

"Our primary market is aimed at retiring military aircraft mechanics that want to get their certification transferred over to the FAA civilian side," Carolina Bob Sikes campus Director Dave Clark says.

G.I. Bill reimbursable

Among its technical curricula, the school specializes in Federal Aviation Administration mechanic and inspection authorization certification.

Instruction will be offered at Carolina Aero's John Givens Road school, with some coursework available online, according to an Economic Development Council news release.

Though Carolina Aero's courses are non-degree earning, they do lead to FAA certification and licensing, and are transferable to degree-granting institutions such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which has a Crestview campus.

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