Taking Flight Initiative

NMC Aviation to partner with Crosswinds Aviation

Northwestern Michigan College offers aviation classes in Howell, Michigan, through a new partnership with Crosswinds Aviation called the Taking Flight Initiative.

The agreement is expected to help meet demand for flight training in the region between Lansing and Detroit as well as provide a pipeline to NMC’s aviation program, which currently enrolls 5 former Crosswinds students.

In cooperation with the Howell Public Schools, the Livingston Educational Services Agency, and the Capital Area Career Center, Crosswinds Aviation currently offers a number of high school aviation courses that reached enrollment capacity in 2015.

“Crosswinds sees NMC as an exceptional choice for collegiate flight training in Michigan, and has become powerful advocates of ours,” said Aviation Division Director Alex Bloye. “We see Crosswinds as a school with excellent standards in training, a modern fleet similar to that of NMC’s, and a capacity in talent to train professional pilots.”

“This agreement is about removing barriers for students who are interested in becoming a pilot.” said owner of Crosswinds Aviation Matt Dahline.  “The aviation industry is experiencing a significant pilot shortage which is expected to last for more than 20 years.  This is creating an environment of attractive starting salaries and extraordinary career earning potential for new pilots.  The Taking Flight Initiative gives students the ability to enroll in a college aviation program and take advantage of student aid to help fund their flight training, right here close to home.  We want all young students to understand that financing their education should not be a barrier to coming into a thriving aviation industry.  We feel that NMC is a perfect partner for this initiative because of their focus on quality, efficient training and a modern fleet of aircraft.”

About NMC Aviation: Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, NMC Aviation allows students to begin flying their first semester and earn Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, Flight Instructor, Instrument Flight Instructor and Seaplane ratings as well as an associate degree. Articulation agreements facilitate easy transfer to a four-year school for a bachelor’s degree. A robust international aviation partnership allows students to study abroad. NMC is also a leader in the growing field of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) training and offers certification exams.

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    Matt Dahline Crosswinds Aviation owner


    (517) 552-1101

    Alex Bloye

    Northwestern Michigan College Director of Aviation


    (231) 995-2929