Aviation training academy coming to Selma

Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 6:55 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2023 at 10:49 AM CST
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SELMA, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and other officials on Friday announced a $1.3 million aviation training academy is coming to Selma.

The Virginia-based Resicum International academy will be located at Craig Field Airport, which trained pilots for World War II before closing in 1977.

Woman and veteran-owned Resicum International supports government and commercial clients with training, maintenance, logistics and mission support services in aviation.

“Craig Field has aviation training in its DNA, so it’s great to see Resicum establish a facility in such a historic location that will tap into this rich heritage while also solidifying the future for this Selma landmark. This project has significant potential, and I look forward to seeing how it unfolds,” said Governor Ivey.

Officials said the company has signed a 10-year lease for a 50,000-square-foot hangar on the Craig Field flight line, and crews are already working to renovate the facility.

“We are exceptionally pleased to invest in Craig Field and expand our company in Selma,” said Resicum CEO Jeanine Ziervogel. “The location is ideal for our company’s expansion, and we look forward to ongoing growth of our aviation operations in this storied place.”

The development is expected to transform the economy in Selma and Dallas County, while also creating 70 “high-paying” jobs over a three-year period.-

“Once again, this is great news for Selma,” said Selma Mayor James Perkins. “Our logistics planning strategy starting with aviation is working even better than I predicted. Thank you Resicum for choosing Selma. Great job, Team Selma.”

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