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SIU Aviation celebrates six decades while flying to new heights

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s nationally recognized and comprehensive aviation program is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Since the university purchased a fixed-based operator at Southern Illinois Airport in December 1960, the program’s growth includes multiple degree programs, a state-of-the-industry facility and more than 600 students.

As Southern Illinois University Carbondale nears the 60th anniversary for its nationally recognized aviation program, the horizon remains clear, unlimited and expansive.

What started as a service unit of the university offering flight classes with four airplanes and spare parts has transformed into one of the nation’s leading comprehensive aviation programs with multiple degree programs, a state-of-the-industry facility and more than 600 students.

The program’s reach now extends nationally with online and off-campus offerings and internationally with agreements to train aviation technology students in China and prepare pilots, mechanics and avionics technicians with Saudia Airlines. In addition, the aviation program is working toward a School of Aviation to encapsulate the aviation technologies, aviation management and aviation flight programs.

Read SIU Aviation celebrates six decades while flying to new heights.

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Flying Salukis Win Regional Championship

Please join us in congratulating the Flying Saluki’s for their recent win at the SAFECON Region 8 flying competition hosted here at SIU. The competition at this event included Purdue University and Lewis University. The Salukis came in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in most of the individual events. Top Pilot and Top Scoring Contestant went to Andrew Finer.

This is their 9th straight regional title. Now they move on to the National competition in May!

2019 Flying Salukis


SIU Aviation and the Flying Salukis

Mention the phrase “Flying Salukis” and there can be only one image.

As a part of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s nationally recognized aviation program, the 15- to 18-member squad plays an important role in highlighting both the aviation program and the university’s accomplishments.

The team has nine National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) titles dating back to 1977. Since 2011, when the Flying Salukis surprised many competitors by winning a then-seventh national championship, the team has nine straight top 3 national finishes. That includes championships in 2014 and 2015 and second-place showings in 2016 and earlier this year.


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Why SIU Aviation?

SIU Aviation offers a comprehensive aviation program offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in aviation.  SIU Aviation has three different undergraduate majors including Aviation Flight, Aviation Management and Aviation Technologies.

SIU Aviation Flight program is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).