SEU to Hold News Conference to Announce Innovative Aviation Partnership

seu newsLAKELAND, Fla. – Southeastern University (SEU) will hold a news conference Wednesday, November 14, at 11 a.m. at Lakeland Linder International Airport to announce plans to partner with International Aero Academy (IAA) to offer a student-centric, cost-effective aviation program to meet the growing worldwide demand for pilots.

United Express operated by Trans States Airlines will also be announcing a unique career pathway program in conjunction with SEU and IAA.

The worldwide pilot shortage is a reality. Boeing is projecting a worldwide shortage of nearly 800,000 over the next 15 years, due to a large percentage of the professional pilot population reaching retirement age. Another factor is the rapidly expanding airline industry in Asia, which is fueling demand and competition for professionals.

This innovative partnership will allow students to complete their private pilot license and their commercial multi-engine and flight instructor ratings during their initial eight months of enrollment. This will allow them to work as flight instructors in their first year – building flight hours and earning wages – while accelerating their post-graduate careers.

Both SEU President Kent Ingle and IAA CEO and President Steven Markoff will give remarks at the news conference.

Full details will be released at the news conference.

For more information, or to attend, contact Dana Davis at 863-667-5020, 863-712-1997, or


About SEU

Southeastern University (SEU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning. Founded in 1935 and located in the Central Florida community of Lakeland, Southeastern offers more than 80 degree programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Southeastern’s reach expands beyond the Lakeland campus, with a comprehensive online learning program and more than 100 extension site programs nationwide. The university is accredited by the Southern

Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Official program launch is pending SACSCOC approval. Learn more at


About IAA

International Aero Academy (IAA) is a Lakeland, Fla.-based FAA-certificated 141 ab initio and accelerated flight school with authority to issue foreign M1 student visas for vocational training. With a focus on training the next generation of domestic and foreign professional pilots, IAA has a growing fleet of aircraft, its own modern 12,000-square-foot maintenance facility with dedicated maintenance professionals, and over 11,000 square feet of office, onsite dormitory housing for students and training space. IAA is owned and managed by former senior executives of international, major, regional, LCC and cargo airlines. For more information about IAA, visit or call 863-401-3592.