“I love all things aviation and I can appreciate the need for aircraft to do unique and special missions,” he said. The new SMAT location is officially known at the DeVos Aviation Campus. DeVos and his wife, Betsy, who recently began the West Michigan Aviation School, donated and raised money for the new building. Though they’re not currently connected, Dick DeVos wouldn’t rule out linking the two schools at some point in the future.
The School of Missionary Aviation Technology (SMAT), located at the Ionia County Airport, has a long history of training students in mission aviation. The benefit for students is that they not only learn how to fly, but also learn FAA-certified training on repairing their aircraft.