Sterling Flight Training Expands with Acquisition of Florida Aviation Training Center in Tallahassee

[Jacksonville, Florida, January 2, 2024] – Sterling Flight Training, a leading Part 141 flight school based in Jacksonville, FL, proudly announces its expansion to Tallahassee with the successful acquisition of Florida Aviation Training Center. This strategic move marks a significant milestone in Sterling Flight Training’s commitment to providing unparalleled aviation education and training opportunities, and expansion of its career pilot training programs and partnerships with Liberty University and Purdue Global University.

With FAA satellite approval in the pipeline for Part 141 operations, Sterling Flight Training is poised to bring an array of comprehensive training programs to Tallahassee. This expansion represents a commitment to fostering growth and providing enhanced learning experiences for students.

“As we embark on this exciting journey of expansion to Tallahassee with the acquisition of Florida Aviation Training Center, I am inspired by the boundless possibilities that lie ahead,” said Wayne Heller, CEO of Sterling Flight Training. “Our commitment to excellence, coupled with the rich aviation legacy of Tallahassee, will bring a lot of opportunities to the community in a time where the industry is in demand of well-trained pilots.”

Heller, who served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Republic Airways, from 1999 to 2015 was the chief architect of a strategic growth plan that focused on training thousands of pilots to support a rapidly expanding organization, creating one of the nation’s safest airlines. That industry knowledge and expertise, alongside a team of seasoned professionals, now supports preparing the future generation of pilots through Sterling Flight Training.   

The Jacksonville campus provides FAA- and Florida VA-approved flight training courses and programs to equip its students with all the necessary licenses, ratings and certifications to begin their aviation careers while providing access to the most current training materials and methods. Information about Sterling is available at www.sterlingflight.com.

The new location is at 3244 Capital Cir SW, Tallahassee, FL 32310, at the Tallahassee International Airport. For now, the Tallahassee location will continue to operate under the Florida Aviation Center branding and programs, until Part 141 approval is obtained for the satellite campus. 

About Sterling Flight Training
Sterling Flight Training, a portfolio company of Wexford Capital LP, is Jacksonville’s premiere flight school, offering programs from private pilot to professional pilot. Backed by a team of airline industry veterans with more than 100 years of combined aviation experience, the Sterling team has led the training initiatives for thousands of airline pilots across the US. Students receive training they can trust with safety always top of mind. The school is FAA and VA approved and offers degrees through both in-house training programs and university affiliations. For more information, visit sterlingflight.com.

For media assets or to schedule an interview please contact Ashley Hammers, Director of Branding and Communication, ashley.hammers@sterlingflight.com

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