Author - Edward Molek

Alumni Donates Wingtip Project Back to PIA

PIA received a generous donation from a former student.  A trip home to Pittsburgh brought Dave Flichr and his friend Mike Fariss to PIA for a brief tour.  Like many alumni, Dave recalled his own wingtip project as he admired the completed projects on the walls of the airframe...

Avionics: A Generation Retiring

The demand for aviation technicians has been impacted by several factors, but perhaps none more than the retirement of the Baby Boomer Generation.  The youngest Baby Boomers are currently 57 years old, and the gap of skilled workers to fill their positions after retirement continues to grow.  This gap...

CEOs You Should Know

PIA’s President and CEO Suzanne Markle was a guest on IHeartRadio’s “CEO’s You Should Know” in early December 2021.  The show explores the experiences and challenges from the perspective of industry leaders in the Pittsburgh area. During the interview, Markle was able to speak on some of the greatest obstacles...

Moriah Hathaway Visit to PIA

On December 16th, Moriah Hathaway, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission for Women visited the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics to learn more about women pursuing an aviation education.  Ms. Hathaway was able to tour the shops and facilities, which included the newly renovated Warren Guthrie Learning Resource Center. ...

Piedmont Gifts for Future Employees

Jessica Weney of Piedmont Airlines visited the Hagerstown and Myrtle Beach students to deliver gifts to students participating in the Piedmont Tuition Payment Program at PIA.  The pullovers feature the logo of their future employer, who is contributing significant funding to the students as they pursue their certifications.  Thank...

PIA Gives Back With Pack-A-Plane

Students, faculty, and staff at PIA participated in the second annual 'Pack-A-Plane' event at the Pittsburgh Campus. The event was organized in support of the Marine Corps Toys-For-Tots fundraiser.  After initial success in 2020 with the toy drive, PIA committed to the event for the second time in 2021. ...

Stratus Fall 2021

PIA’s 2021 Stratus is now available! Click the link below to read more about PIA alumni and aviation news. Stratus Fall 2021 PDF Articles Include: The Next Gen Piedmont Tuition Program Conquering Adversity Flight Plan to Leadership Campus Community: Allegheny County Airport Employer Roundtable Campus Community: Myrtle Beach International Airport 40 Years of Aviation Inspiration A Family with a Purpose Campus Community:...

PIA Hagerstown Student Awarded First Mr. Bob Scholarship

Courtney Thompson, a third-semester student at PIA Hagerstown, was awarded the first distribution of the Mr. Bob Scholarship.  The scholarship was created in memory of Bob Stockslager, a PIA Pittsburgh graduate who returned to PIA as an instructor at the Hagerstown Campus later in his career. His wife, Carla Stockslager,...

PIA Hagerstown Gives Back With Toys-for-Tots

PIA Hagerstown collected and donated a Santa's Sack worth of toys to the Hagerstown Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots foundation. Students, faculty, and staff came together to support their community by donating new, unwrapped toys to benefit local children in Washington County, Maryland.  Roughly 40 toys were donated to support those in...