By 1960 Airwork acquired Air Service Training (AST) an engineering training school, which it relocated from the south of England to the airport. The whole operation took on the AST name. AST gained a world wide reputation for aviation training, being known as Britain's Air University. Students of more than 100 countries have been trained at Perth. Following a worldwide downturn in aviation, AST pulled out of pilot training in 1996. The site was then bought by Morris Leslie Ltd.
Perth Airport remains Scotland's main airport for general aviation and is the base of the Scottish Aero Club which was founded in 1927. The airport is home to flight training organisations providing, private and commercial fixed and rotary winged flight training, as well as micro light and autogyro training. Also on site is an aircraft maintenance company and numerous other non aviation related businesses.
AST, which is now part of Perth College, retains a presence at the airport and continues to offer aeronautical engineering courses. In 2011 AST announced a returned to Airline Pilot training.
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