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College of Aeronautics Records

 Collection
Identifier: UA-COA004

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection reflect the development of the College of Aeronautics and its programs at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL. Some of the materials pertain to Indialantic, FL. The majority of the collection spans from 1968 - 1995. The collection consists mostly of ephemera and publications, although curriculum notes for a M.S. program and a history of the early days of the College, both produced in the 1990s, are also included. Materials include announcements, brochures, catalogs, correspondence, course guides, curricula, histories, manuals, news clippings, notes, programs, proposals, and publications. The collection is not a complete representation of the records generated by the College of Aeronautics.

Dates

  • 1968-2015

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies, photographs, and scans of items in this collection may be made by users or by library staff on behalf of users for the following purposes: personal, research, scholarly, educational, and other nonprofit use. It is the responsibility of the user to abide by any and all applicable copyright laws in their use of material from the Harry P. Weber University Archives. Florida Tech is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from improper use of research copies or scans created by or provided to users.



Copyright of these materials is held by Florida Tech and others. It is the responsibility of the user to determine and satisfy copyright. Users must seek written permission from both the Harry P. Weber University Archives and the original copyright holder regarding use of the material and to distribute, publish, post, or display in any way either in print or electronically. See Reproductions and Use Policy.

Biographical / Historical

The original aeronautics program at Florida Institute of Technology was a 2 year course headed by Jerry Lauderbaugh. Lauderbaugh was the former VP of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, before becoming the President of Aerospace Technical Institute (ATI), an affiliate of Florida Institute of Technology. Courses started in 1968, intending to prepare students to achieve the FAA commercial pilot certification. Florida Tech purchased Campbell Aviation Inc. for ATI, which operated out of the Cape Kennedy Regional Airport and surrounding properties (later Melbourne Regional Airport) for many years. Pilots initially lodged in the Cape Kennedy Airport Motel until housing moved to the Tradewinds Hotel in Indialantic, which served as the Dougherty dormitory for student pilots.



Initially, ATI was not accredited but affiliated with FIT, a relationship similar to that of the Hydrospace Technical Institute. In 1972, ATI integrated with FIT and split into the School of Aeronautics with Jerry Lauderbaugh as Dean and FIT Aviation Inc. with Jerry Lauderbaugh as President. The School of Aeronautics received flight instruction from FIT Aviation Inc. Lauderbaugh then began a 4 year program at the School of Aeronautics. FIT began to lease land and hangars from Piper Aviation, and purchased some of the Piper fleet. In 1986, Jerry Lauderbaugh passed away and Edmund Everett became Dean. The school was later renamed the College of Aeronautics.

Extent

.5 Cubic Feet

Overview

The materials in this collection relate to the College of Aeronautics at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL and primarily cover the period from 1968-1995. This limited collection of 1 archival box consists mostly of ephemera, publications, and documents illustrating the history and development of the program. The aeronautics program began as a 2 year course headed by Jerry Lauderbaugh under the name Aerospace Technical Institute (ATI), an affiliate of Florida Institute of Technology. In 1972, ATI split into the School of Aeronautics and FIT Aviation Inc., both still under Lauderbaugh who then began a 4 year program at the School of Aeronautics, later renamed the College of Aeronautics.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into 2 series reflecting the organization and evolution of the department and file units are arranged alphabetically.

Container List

  1. Aerospace Technical Institute, 1968-1972.
  2. School of Aeronautics, 1972-present.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

The Florida Tech Historic Photograph Collection also contains images from the College of Aeronautics.
Title
Finding Aid of the Records of the College of Aeronautics
Status
Completed
Author
Erin Mahaney
Date
07/20/2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Harry P. Weber University Archives Repository

Contact:
Evans Library
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Blvd.
Melbourne FL 32901-6975 USA
(321)-674-7632
(321) 724-2559 (Fax)