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Flight lab on course to make Shelbyville aerospace, aviation destination

Aviation Lab

The Middle Tennessee Education Center in Shelbyville is the new home of Motlow State Community College’s Aviation Simulation Lab. The lab houses three Redbird flight simulators, two of which meet FAA-certification. The opening of the lab comes on the heals of Murfreesboro-based Middle Tennessee State University receiving state approval for a $67 million campus for its aviation and aerospace program at the Shelbyville Municipal Airport, helping the city become an aviation hub. Plans are in the works to sync the Motlow program with the one at MTSU with the goal of training future pilots and bringing more young people into the aviation field. Continuing education is also being offered to existing aviation officials.