Thanks to a gift from Mrs. Betty Falk, the wife of a former Averett director, Averett University will dedicate the Dr. George J. Falk Flight Operations Center on Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m. at the Danville Airport. Falk served as the director of financial aid and was instrumental in bringing about Averett's aviation program. He died Dec. 31, 2010.
"Aviation was one of Dr. George Falk's passions and his contribution to Averett's aeronautics program will be remembered for years to come," said Buddy Rawley, vice president for institutional advancement. "We are extremely grateful to George's wife, Betty, whose gift to the University will ensure that his legacy lives on for generations to come."
Falk's gift to the aviation program has allowed the University to purchase several software programs, like spidertracks, along with the necessary hardware and equipment to allow the chief flight instructor to track the students who are flying. In addition, there are new computer stations at the Flight Operations Center that allow the students to better monitor the weather as they plan their flights.
"The addition of the spidertracks GPS tracking system not only enhances safety, but can be used as a great training tool for aviation students as well," said Travis Williams, chief flight instructor. "And the added weather stations in the Flight Operations Center make it easier for students to prepare for each flight in one location, using one resource."
In addition to working in financial aid, Falk served as golf coach, director of guidance and assistant professor of psychology while at Averett. Prior to working at Averett, Falk had developed an impressive résumé. His career included three years in the United States Army Air Corps as a pilot in the European Theater during World War II and 23 years with Dan River Mills, ending as a general division manager.
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