The training material & the Instructor Willie Middlebrooks was outstanding considering I’d never heard of NDE until a couple months before I sign up for the course. Just proir to this I I was working in a stamping plant for Ford Motor and going to college. I decided to drop out of college and quit working at he factory… Looking back on it, I’m glad I did.
Spartan gave me the education and training to start my exciting career path in aviation.
Spartan had the best equipment and instructors to obtain my training. It was a great experience to learn and train with fellow classmates that had the same interests.
Aviation Maintenance review by Wayne Hader
After graduating from Spartan College I joined the U.S. Air Force and work as an F-16 aircraft crew chief for 4 years. After that I cross trained to become an E-3 AWACS Flight Engineer. In 1998, I separated from active duty and joined the Air Force Reserves as an Instructor Flight Engineer and the same year I was hired by Delta Airlines as a Line Mechanic in Dallas. After closing the Dallas station I moved to Atlanta Georgia and worked in the General Electric CF-6 engine overhaul shop and was furloughed in 2006. I now work for the DOD.
The training that I received at Spartan definitely help me learn all the basics of aircraft maintenance to get me where I’m at today. My favorite part about Spartan College was getting the fly the training helicopter.
Aviation Maintenance Technician – Kim Roberston
I started at Capitol Aviation in Springfield, IL straight out of Spartan. Started in the Recip Engine Overhaul shop as an A&P. Our company was bought out by AirResearch and we then started working on turbine engines. Then that company was bought and sold over the years (Honeywell, GE Aircraft Engines, and Landmark Aviation). During the 41 years I worked from being an A&P mechanic in the turbine shop to leadman, to crew chief, to maintenance supervisor, to customer support rep, and finally to Regional Sales manager before my retirement in 2014.
Spartan College gave me the tools and knowledge that I never had before to work on sophisticated aircraft and turbine engines. The instructors were all very knowledgeable and the class’s taught many different facets of the aviation business that I never knew before. Also, the reputation of Spartan was a big plus in helping me land my job straight out of school.
Aviation Maintenance review by Doug Clarke
I attended Spartan as an U S Air Force student. A few of us were selected to attend Spartan on the basics of Aircraft Maintenance. That was during the Korean war and just out of basic training from Wichita Falls AFB, Texas. That qualified me to continue on to Chaunute Field in Illinois to become a Hydraulic Specialist that helped me advance to higher rank. When I finished my enlistment with the Air Force, I returned and finished my Aircraft and Powerplant requirements to obtain a Government License at Spartan.
I remember how capable the instructors were and Mr. Broome allowed me to weld exhaust on some of the Spartan aircraft during practical period of training. The camaraderie was pleasant among students and some of us were married at that time. Many of us would recreate at the “Cimmeron Ballroom” for relaxation. All in All…..fond memories but a lot of studying! A fond memory, is when the class on “Weight and balance” came, I was apprehensive about the math involved, that was before calculators and all we had was the (E 6 B) of that era.Everything was long hand with the figures! Anyway, I made a hundred on the exam, so worry was in vain!
I will always remember the hard work at school and the friends along the way. I am, and will always be proud to have obtained my college at Spartan and also, proud to have been part of the advancement of Aircraft Technology of the present time! I do consider being part of the industry as one of the pioneers. I am proud to say, I graduated from Spartan College of Aeronautics!
Jimmy Miller reviews the Aircraft Technical Operations
In my time since graduating, I have had the chance to work military contracts and fine tune my skills as a structures mechanic and sheet metalist. I have also had the chance to work the flight line of a business jet factory and see what it takes to bring an aircraft from the factory to a flight sold aircraft.
My education at Spartan helped when it came to applying for jobs. It allowed my potential employers to read my resume and feel assured that I was a hirable candidate. They knew I had solid foundation of knowledge for aircraft maintenance and the ability to prove that fact.
What I enjoyed most about Spartan was the degree of knowledge the instructors had to offer about their particular area of expertise in the industry. They also had good advice they were willing to offer.
Ted Myers Reviews the Aviation Maintenance Degree
Aviation Maintenance Review
Aviation Safety Inspector
The 1st job was at Tahlequah Airport, Hammonds Flying Service. He didn’t read my resume he just wanted to see my 7AC Champ that I overhauled at Spartan School, with the help of some good students and guidance from some great instructors. From there I spent 14 years at Cessna Acft. Co., Wichita. Twelve years of which were in Quality with seven of those as an FAA designee DMIR. I completed over 6000 aircraft for FAA certification for the company 1980 thru 1986.
Well anyone who asked me where I received my training I proudly stated, Spartan School. It has always been held in high regard in the industry. I met many great instructors who I called from time to time to ask questions. Not having had an aviation background from the military, the only experience I had was working as a owner/operator and guided by the people at my local airport, prior to going to Spartan. The school makes you think about what you must do, how to diagnose problems and make good judgment calls on the work accomplished.
Well, back in those days we had such a variety of aircraft to work on. From the Valtee BT’s, the F-101 Voodoo’s, the Hiller Helicopter, the Beech 18’s and the rare Curtis C-9 trainer along with the Cessna 150’s and the like. I got a job working at the school test cells after I was laid off of my part time job. I was able to repair and maintain the test cells and operate the engines within them. Keep in mind that a new class came through that portion of school every two weeks day and night classes. I had to have all my engines running for each class. The funny thing is the instructors would not let me help my classmates when they came through as the instructors said I knew to much.
Aviation Flight Review
Works for SkyWest Airlines
I was hired by SkyWay Airlines just one and a half years after graduating Spartan, however I was furloughed ten months later. Have had held many aviation jobs since graduating as well, before being hired by SkyWest Airlines. Have went on to earn my Bachelors degree, MEII, and ATP license. I have earned a DO-328 SIC type rating as well as EMB-120, and CL-65 full types.
I honestly feel that the flight education that I received really helped prepare me for every aviation job that I have held thus far. The discipline that my instructors instilled in me as a student equipped me to excel in aviation both as a flight instructor, and as an airline pilot. Being able to train out of Tulsa’s very busy Riverside airport allowed me to experience four seasons of weather and gain fundamental experience early on in the ATC system. All of my ground school curriculum reinforced what was taking place during my actual flight training. These classes were instrumental in helping me to really learn aviation.
I really liked the structure of a part 141 training environment. Being able to train with an excellent program that incorporated risk mitigation strategies (weather minimums, flight briefings)early on in my training instilled discipline in me. I also liked being able to train in a busy ATC system during four weather seasons.
Aviation Maintenance Review
James Bill Woods
Job Title: Avionics Sales Manager
James Bill Woods Career
I had just graduated from a 4 year college with a degree and no idea what I wanted to do. I had always been interested in aircraft and so made the decision to enroll in Spartan. Spartan gave me a well-rounded education in aircraft that allowed me to work in the industry immediately. With the basics skills I learned at Spartan I was able to quickly advance in aviation in both position and pay. Enrolling in Spartan was a wise choice for me. I have had interesting work, lots of travel, met some very interesting people and enjoyed a good income.
I enjoyed meeting new people brought together from all over the world at Spartan. We spent every day in class and shop together and became good friends, many to this day.
I was assigned as Manager of Aircraft Inspection; responsible to the Chief Inspector for all airframe lines of work while outsourced for maintenance worldwide. I was responsible to conduct pre-site visits, audit the vendor’s quality control program, outline the their differences to our program, write policies and procedures for the vendor to comply with our program, select the on-site supervisory team, monitor and manage; while working cross-functionally with my counterparts – Manager Production, Engineering, Components, Engines, and Human Resources. I have the administrative responsibility of approximately 140 employees under my organization. I supervise the accomplishment of inspections specified for overhaul, maintenance, and repair of airframes, engines and components at maintenance bases. Supports inspections at Line Maintenance stations. I plan the development, implementation, and accomplishment of inspection programs, policies, and procedures. Monitors the daily work accomplishments, training, and assignments of personnel. I act as the liaison for Inspection to coordinate between Inspection, Production, and Engineering to ensure compliance to inspection and division policies, engineering specifications, and FAR’s. I am responsible for all NDT inspections accomplished on airframes, engines, and components, including determination of training, selection of equipment, and implementation of NDT Inspections. I am responsible for the regulatory compliance of Shipping and Receiving.
Everything counts when you are in a position of middle management and above. Education w/ a related degree will qualify you only as a candidate. Today, Business Acumen is a necessity in the managerial ranks to compliment your experience and conceptualization.
Aviation Maintenance Review by Wayne Davis
Graduated with a BSEE in 1987 and have had a very successful Engineering career involved in Digital Design( FPGA, ASIC etc.). It got me started in the direction I wanted to go.
I liked the way the classes were scheduled. Instead of taking 3 classes over a 3 month period you got to take one class a month and that is all you did was that one course. Other than that, it was a pretty intense experience considering I had to hold down a full time job and go to school full time. It definitely taught me how to utilize my time for maximum effect.