Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

     In June, 1994 after a series of meetings with U.S. Department of Transportation officials, Rep. Mica helped secure $12.5 million in federal funds for the construction of the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center.

     Named after former Florida Rep. Bill Lehman, the facility was dedicated on October 20, 1995 and has helped enhance ERAU's aviation-related curriculum.  Today the Lehman Center houses several academic departments, public computer and software engineering labs, the Space Physics Research Lab and distance education classrooms.

     Working with ERAU and NASA, the Congressman also helped secure $9 million for the Small Air

Transport System (SATS) program.  This expanded funding has enabled Embry-Riddle to participate in NASA's effort to develop a new aviation system for the traveling public, in which commuters would be able to safely operate and fly SATS air vehicles to their destinations similar to driving a car.

    With the additional federal funding, NASA named Florida and Virginia as demonstration states for the SATS, and ERAU is leading Florida's participation in this 21st century program.  Research performed by Embry-Riddle and its partners will enhance Florida's position as a leader in aviation and aerospace technologies.  For more information, visit Embry-Riddle's SATS webpage.

     Finally, as Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Mica worked with the Federal Aviation Administration, Embry-Riddle and Flagler Airport in Bunnell and constructed a new 19,000 square foot student training center at that municiple airfield.