Professional Aviation celebrates 50 years with AVFEST 2017

Apr 6, 2017 | General News, Liberal Arts

Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Professional Aviation is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its annual Aviation Festival (AVFEST) weekend for aviation students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends. AVFEST 2017 will take place April 28-29 on the Louisiana Tech campus and will begin with an alumni reception hosted by Louisiana Tech President Les Guice and a jambalaya cook-off social at the Argent Pavilion.  Weekend activities continue with an alumni “State of the Aviation Industry” presentation, hamburger lunch at the Ruston Regional Airport, and various other events and committee meetings. “The Professional Aviation Department continues to receive a tremendous amount of positive feedback and support from alumni, students and their families,” said Jordan Lyons, the Louis W. Waller Endowed Professor and head of the professional aviation department at Louisiana Tech.  “The annual weekend tradition will continue to serve a valuable role in maintaining the family bond within this collegiate aviation group.” AVFEST 2017 will conclude with a formal scholarship banquet in the Davison Athletics Complex.  The awards presented at the banquet include academic scholarships and recognition of the Professional Aviation and Aviation Management Student of the Year, Flight Instructor of the Year and several others. The public is cordially invited to take part in this exciting celebration of professional aviation at Louisiana Tech.  For more information on AVFEST or to purchase tickets for the Awards Banquet, visit  Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased by April 20.  All proceeds go to supporting the professional aviation program and its students. Louisiana Tech’s Department of Professional Aviation has established itself as a high-quality degree program with a national reputation for outstanding graduates. The Department is a member of the University Aviation Association and is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International. It maintains the highest academic standards and keeps abreast of the latest in technologies and the needs of the aviation industry.