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March 2019

NetJets Donates to The Ohio State University Airport

$1.2 Million Gift Supports Airport Modernization Project
NetJets has been a longstanding and steadfast supporter of aviation education at The Ohio State University® and is pleased to extend the impact of its philanthropy to the university’s airport.

Recently, NetJets donated $1.2 million toward the completion of The Ohio State University Airport’s modernization project, which included construction of the new Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Learning Center. The contemporary, new facility features the beautiful NetJets Lobby and NetJets Observation Deck.
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“NetJets is thrilled to continue our commitment to the next generation of pilots by contributing to The Ohio State University Airport. The new observation deck and lobby will welcome passengers into the city of Columbus, where NetJets’ headquarters has been based for more than 50 years.”
Alan Bobo, Executive Vice President, Flight Operations, NetJetsQuote Closed

Long-term Support of Future Pilots and Aviation Leaders

Over the years, NetJets has supported this premier aviation school by donating retired aircraft for training purposes and by making generous monetary gifts to fund ongoing aviation research. In 2011, NetJets donated $2 million to establish Ohio State’s Center for Aviation Studies. In 2015, the company gave an additional $1 million to fund faculty leadership positions, NextGen® aviation research initiatives, and internship opportunities. And last year, NetJets donated seven Cessna Skyhawk 172 training aircraft for Ohio State’s growing flight education program.

New Terminal

The two-story, 29,500-square-foot Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Education Center is home to flight school classrooms and simulators, a student flight hub, private aviation services, administration offices, and meeting rooms. Large windows overlook the airfield, providing an observation deck that is especially popular among children in the community.

Since opening in 1942, Ohio State’s airport has served as a learning lab for future aviation professionals, a hub of research, and a highly regarded facility for civilian and small business aircraft, including those belonging to NetJets Owners. Measured by takeoffs and landings, it is the fourth-busiest airport in Ohio and one of the nation’s top 100 general aviation airports.
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“NetJets is THE key partner for Ohio State aviation, both on campus and at the airport. Their support and investment over many years has insured the future growth of the program and will allow us to attract the very best leadership, faculty, and students.”

David B. Williams, Dean, College of Engineering, Ohio StateQuote Closed
NetJets looks forward to collaborating with Ohio State to continue to cultivate a bright future for the aviation industry.

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