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Westminster College Names New Chief Flight Instructor

Salt Lake City-August 1, 2003-Westminster College named Agata Pares as the new Chief Flight Instructor in the college's Aviation Program. A native of Barcelona, Spain, Pares undertook her flight training in Europe, as well as Texas and Florida. She earned her commercial certificate and multi-engine IFR ratings, then enrolled in the Aeronautics Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Oakland campus in 1996. While there she obtained her Flight Instructor Certificate and worked as a flight instructor and later on as an assistant chief flight instructor in California.

From 2001 to 2002, Pares flew as a First Officer for Embraer Regional Jets 135 and 145 for Continental Express Airlines (now ExpressJet, Inc.); flew as Captain in Beechcraft Barons for a charter operator; and flew as First Officer in the King Air 90 and 300. She now lives in Park City.

Westminster's Aviation Program offers fields of study in flight operations and aviation management. The 15-aircraft fleet is housed in a 22,500-foot corporate hangar at the Salt Lake International Airport. On-campus facilities include a new Aviation Simulation Center featuring state-of-the-art flight training devices, a testing center and interactive classrooms.

Westminster College is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. The college is small, nondenominational and focused intensively on student learning. It prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information visit