Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Aviation academy inches closer

The Senate has agreed to provide $1 million to Santa Rosa County for an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) training facility in Milton. Senate budget negotiators agreed to the House’s latest plan for infrastructure and economic development spending. That included the full million as requested by the House to plan and renovate an existing facility to create the training and certification program. The academy would be the first A&P training facility in the county and would also serve neighboring Escambia and Okaloosa counties. The county plans to spend $4 million on the project, which is being completed in partnership with Milton and the Santa Rosa County school district. Of the remaining $3 million, $1 million will come from local government sources. Lawmakers are in the final stages of creating the budget for the coming fiscal year. (Source: Florida Politics, 04/21/21) The county is home to Naval Air Station Whiting Field.