AUGUSTA — More than 150 community members are expected to attend the University of Maine at Augusta and Maine Instrument Flight’s Open Hangar Community Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Maine Instrument Flight by the Augusta State Airport. The event celebrates the launch of UMA’s new bachelor of science in aviation.

Developed in partnership with MIF, the aviation program will enable students to graduate with a bachelor of science degree and five pilot FAA certifications. The program is the first of its kind in Maine and is expected to help meet a growing demand for pilots nationally and internationally, according to a news release.

The formal celebration, highlighted by remarks from Sen. Roger Katz, Kennebec Valley Chamber President Peter Thompson, Augusta Mayor William Stokes and others, will take place from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., followed by refreshments, information tables, and drawings for free flights for prospective students. Several of MIF’s planes will also be on display in the hangar.

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