Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

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Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology
Motto"Knowledge and Skill Overcome Superstition and Luck"[1]
TypePrivate, For-profit
EstablishedSeptember 27, 1928; 90 years ago (1928-09-27)
PresidentDan Peterson

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology (Spartan) is a for-profit aviation institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma that offers training in aviation, aviation electronics, flight, nondestructive testing, quality control and aircraft maintenance. Originally established to provide pilot and technicians for Spartan Aircraft Company, it outlived its parent company and continues to train pilots and mechanics into the 21st Century. The main campus is adjacent to Tulsa International Airport, with another campus used for flight training at Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport.[1]

In May, 2014 Spartan acquired the Crimson Technical College located in Inglewood, California. Crimson Technical College was founded in 1930, originally called The California Flyers, Inc. and eventually became the renowned Northrop University. On March 31, 2015, this campus took on the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology name and added a branch located in Riverside, CA. In April 2016, Spartan also acquired Redstone College in Broomfield, Colorado. Redstone College took the Spartan College name in March 2017.

Spartan offers an Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) hybrid program leading to an AMT AS degree and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification. This groundbreaking program, jointly developed with, is the first of its kind to be approved by the FAA.


William G. Skelly, a Tulsa oilman and owner of Spartan Aircraft Company, founded the Spartan School in 1928. Initially, the purpose of the school was to promote sales of aircraft manufactured by the company.[2] The school was located initially across Apache Street from Tulsa International Airport.

During the early 1930s, Skelly pledged his share of Spartan Aircraft Company as collateral for a loan from J. Paul Getty, but Skelly's finances became overextended during the Great Depression. As a result, Getty obtained control of Spartan Aircraft, including the Spartan School in 1935. In 1942, Getty personally took over management of Spartan Aircraft and its school.[3]

The Spartan School was activated as a U. S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) facility on August 1, 1939 as an advanced civilian pilot training school to supplement the Air Corps' few flying training schools. The Air Corps supplied students with training aircraft, flying clothes, textbooks, and equipment. The Air Corps also put a detachment at each school to supervise training. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. The Air Force also supplied several PT-17 Stearmans and a few P-40 Warhawks. Spartan furnished instructors, training sites and facilities, aircraft maintenance, quarters, and mess halls.[4]

Students from the Royal Air Force entered the school on June 7, 1941. The U. S. Army Air Force officially designated Spartan as a British Refresher School.[5]

In 1943, the school reorganized into a College of Aeronautical Engineering, School of Flight, School of Mechanics, School of Meteorology, School of Communications and School of Instruments.[6] In November 1943, the school was selected by the Department of State and the Civil Aeronautics Administration as a training facility for the Inter-American Aviation Mechanic Training program. The first class under this program included 67 students from 12 Latin American countries.

Spartan Aircraft Company reorganized after World War II, renaming itself as Spartan Aero Repair in 1946. It ceased to produce aircraft, though it continued to operate the school. For the next 15 years the parent company made Spartan Trailers instead of aircraft. It closed the Tulsa manufacturing plant in 1961, and renamed Minnehoma Insurance Company. The Spartan tradename was sold to the Spartan School. In 1967, the former Spartan interests were bought by Automation Industries, Inc., who sold them to National Education Corporation, the parent company of National Education Center, Inc. in 1972.[6]

In 1997, National Education Corporation became a subsidiary of Harcourt General Corporation.

In 2004, Spartan School of Aeronautics changed its name to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to represent its current offering of college degree programs and technology diversity.

Spartan Aviation Industries, Inc. was formed in 2005 by Spartan's management team and was purchased from Harcourt General Corporation.

In 2013 Spartan Education Industries Inc, was formed and acquired the college from Spartan Aviation Industries, Inc.

In 2014 Spartan acquired the Crimson Technical Institute, an Airframe and Powerplant focused college located in Inglewood, California. The Crimson Technical College was founded in 1930 as The California Flyers Inc. and eventually became Northrop University and then Northrop Rice Aviation Institute of Technology (NRAIT).

On March 31, 2015 Crimson Technical College became an additional campus location of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. In April 2016, Spartan College acquired Redstone College in Bloomfield, Colorado.


Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has a total of five locations.

Tulsa Technology Location

Located near the Tulsa International Airport. The location focuses on Aviation Maintenance Technology, Quality Control, Hybrid Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aviation Electronics Technology, Nondestructive Testing, as well as the Bachelor of Science Aviation Technology Management Degree Completion Program.

Tulsa Flight Location

Located on the R.L. Jones Riverside Airport in south Tulsa. This location offers Spartan’s Aviation Flight as well as contract and military training programs.

Inland Empire Location

Located on the historic Flabob Airport in Riverside, California and focuses on Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Los Angeles Location

Located approximately 2 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. The location offers programs in Airframe and Powerplant and Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Denver Location

Located in Broomfield, Colorado. The location offers programs in Airframe and Powerplant, Aviation Electronics Technology, and HVAC. (39°54′53.3″N 105°7′8.8″W / 39.914806°N 105.119111°W / 39.914806; -105.119111)


Spartan offers diplomas, associate of applied science degrees, associate of occupational studies degree and bachelor of science degree completion program in aviation technology management.[7] [8] It also offers aviation training and certifications.


The Tulsa Campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)[9] and licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools (OBPVS).[10]

The Denver Campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and licensed and approved to operate by Colorado Department of Higher Education Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS).[11]

The LA (Inglewood, CA) Campus is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education[12] and the Inland Empire Location is a branch of the Los Angeles Campus.

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology: History." 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2011. [1]
  2. ^ "Spartan Aircraft Company | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  3. ^ "Mrs. Mennen - Aristocrat of the Air". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  4. ^ "Tulsa Intl Airport". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  5. ^ "Royal Air Force Training in Oklahoma during World War II". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  6. ^ a b "EAA Museum | Oshkosh, Wisconsin". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  7. ^ ACCSC. "Directory | Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  8. ^ "OBPVS State Licensed Schools" (PDF). Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools.
  9. ^ ACCSC. "Directory | Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  10. ^ "OBPVS State Licensed Schools" (PDF). Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools.
  11. ^ "Division of Private Occupational Schools". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  12. ^ "Council on Occupational Education Accredited Institutions" (PDF). Council on Occupational Education.

Coordinates: 36°10′35″N 95°52′44″W / 36.17639°N 95.87889°W / 36.17639; -95.87889