March 12, 2019

NetJets donates to Ohio for lobby and observation deck
Over the years, NetJets has made sizeable donations to Ohio State University, including seven Cessna Skyhawk training aircraft last year. It has now pledged towards an executive terminal and learning centre.

NetJets has donated US$1.2 million to The Ohio State University airport's modernisation project, which includes the construction of the Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Learning Center. The facility features a NetJets lobby and observation deck.

“We are thrilled to continue our commitment to the next generation of pilots by contributing to The Ohio State University airport,” comments executive VP of flight ops Alan Bobo. “The new observation deck and lobby will welcome passengers into the city of Columbus, where our headquarters have been based for more than 50 years.”

Over the years, NetJets has supported the aviation school by donating retired aircraft for training purposes and by making monetary donations to fund ongoing aviation research. In 2011, it gave US$2 million to establish Ohio State's Center for Aviation Studies. In 2015, the company gave an additional US$1 million to fund faculty leadership positions, NextGen aviation research initiatives, and internship opportunities. In 2018, it gifted seven Cessna Skyhawk 172 training aircraft for Ohio State's flight education programme.

The two-storey, 29,500 sq ft Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Education Center houses 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 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.

“NetJets is a key partner for us, both on campus and at the airport,” explains dean of the College of Engineering David B Williams. “Its support and investment over many years has insured the future growth of the programme and will allow us to attract the very best leadership, faculty, and students.”

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