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Pittsburgh Institute
of Aeronautics

Forbes ranks PIA as top two-year school for
technical trades in U.S.
Avionics News recently spoke with Steven Sabold, director of marketing and information technology for the Pittsburgh Institute of
Aeronautics to learn how the institution is meeting the need to educate the industry's next generation of avionics technicians.

Avionics News: The Pittsburgh Institute of
Aeronautics has a historical and interesting 90-year
history. Please tell us about it.
Sabold: Glenn Curtiss and Orville Wright first
opened the school in 1927 as part of the Curtiss-Wright
Flying Service, which offered aircraft sales and flight
training. In 1929, August G.
Becker, who managed the
organization for the CurtissWright Corp., leased the
operations at Bettis Airport in
Pittsburgh and purchased the
school and its facilities.
As president, Becker
changed the name of the
school to the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics that
same year. Under the direction of Becker, the activities
of the school changed from selling airplanes to
repairing and maintaining them.
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Ever since, we've specialized in providing aircraft
maintenance training. We have conducted some flight
training - mostly with a program for the U.S. Air Force.
Basically, we've held true to our beginnings on the
maintenance side of things.

Avionics News: Please tell
us about your avionics program.
Sabold: Along with the
usual training on airframes and
engines, students in our aviation
maintenance technology program
are exposed to more avionics
training than is required by the
Federal Aviation Administration

for Part 147 training.
We started our aviation electronics technology
program in the early 1980s. Today, PIA'sĀ AET program
is 21 months in length and includes an Associate in



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