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15 Years with Pittsburgh Area Airport Chamber of Commerce

PIA was honored by the Pittsburgh Area Airport Chamber of Commerce (PAACC) this week with a certificate marking the institution's 15th year of membership. The PAACC strives to provide resources and information to assist the regional business community.  Most recently, the PAACC was able to support PIA students with three...

Mike Smith named South Carolina DME of the Year

PIA Myrtle Beach Instructor Mike Smith was honored as the South Carolina Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME) of the Year by the South Carolina Aviation Association.  Mr. Smith was nominated by the local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for the Myrtle Beach Campus. Mr. Smith has served as a DME for...

2021 PIA Memorial Scholarship Winners

PIA is pleased to announce that five current students were awarded the PIA Memorial Scholarship for the Fall 2021 term.  The $2,000 rewards were issued to the five students based on a combination of financial need and academic success, as well as their performance in a panel interview. -Nikolaj Vignjevich,...

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...

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 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,...

HGR Airtech Visit

PIA Hagerstown students were invited to participate in a tour of new facilities that opened at the Hagerstown Regional Airport.  Airtech Heavy Maintenance, LLC, a Cincinnati-based FAA 145 repair station, opened its 60,000 square foot facilities in August of 2021. The students on the tour all applied for positions within...