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Updated: 02/12/2018 08:30:00AM

WMU, Charlotte toast high-flying partnership

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

WMU President Edward Montgomery and Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch meet for the first time at Friday’s celebration of the aviation school.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Members of the inaugural WMU pilot training class in Charlotte County are happy to be part of history as the aviation flight science program takes off.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

WMU President Edward Montgomery makes an impassioned speech to representatives of WMU’s Charlotte County Aviation Collective, comprised of supporters from the WMU College of Aviation, Charlotte County Airport Authority, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda and the private-sector Economic Development Partnership.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

After four years of planning and preparation, the WMU College of Aviation officially landed at Punta Gorda Airport in 2017.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PUNTA GORDA — In his first visit to Charlotte County, new Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery hailed his institution, the expansion of the aviation program and the community where both have landed.

“This is a campus that has a major impact. That’s one of the major attractions,” he said. “We really look forward to working with you in the years ahead to build our partnership.”

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