The Charlotte County Airport Authority (CCAA) is requesting a total of $3 million in State funding through the State Appropriations process for a new combined hangar and classroom facility for Charlotte Technical College’s (CTC) FAA-certified Aviation Maintenance Technician School.

  • A larger facility is necessary to meet the aviation industry demand for aircraft mechanics, CTC’s growing student enrollment and it’s DEO requirement of 750 completers in 10 years (2018-19 Grant).
  • State funding is essential to keep CTC’s costs low enough for tuition to remain affordable for students.
  • CCAA will construct the facility and enter into a long-term lease with County Public Schools (CCPS) whereby CCPS will occupy and maintain the facility at the land-lease rate.
  • This project aims to diversify economic development opportunities in the region, create new and high-quality job candidates, and support a burgeoning aviation industry in Florida.

LETTERS OF SUPPPORT

School Board, Charlotte County Public Schools

Charlotte County Economic Development Partnership

Charlotte County Economic Development Department

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida SouthWestern State College

Career Source Southwest Florida

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

Arcadia Aerospace

Intrepid Aerospace

Blackbird Aviation Group

Hendry County Public Schools

Turbine Weld Industries

Piper Aircraft

Lt Col David Curtis, Civil Air Patrol

Farlows on the Water

Daniel Caldwell, Pilot & PGD Tenant

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA SUPPORT

The Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners agreed to support this legislative request at their October 12, 2021 Board Meeting. 

Appropriations Request Info  | AMT School Fact Sheet