The Friends of DSU Aviation will hold a fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Delaware AirPark, Cheswold.

The fundraiser is to support the university’s aviation program, said DSU alumnus Don Blakey.

The program was created by the late Daniel Coons, and is now an important part of the nation’s aviation industry, Blakey said. It has placed many minority aviators in airline cockpits and still is going strong, he said.

However, the program depends on the state for a major portion of its operating funds, and because of financial shortfalls may not be able to continue operating at the same level as in the past.

The Friends of DSU Aviation formed in February to help the program raise money for that purpose, Blakey said.

“With a fleet of Federal Aviation Administration legally operable training, but aging, aircraft, and impending strict federal equipment demands, there is a real need to replace the equipment used to train DSU’s future professional pilots,” Blakey said.

Through the Nov. 18 fundraiser, the group is looking to help the school procure a new, fully equipped training aircraft, he said. The plane is estimated to cost about $370,000.

Tickets to “Keep ‘Em Flying” are $50 per person; there is a limit of 150 tickets due to fire code regulations. The evening will feature food, music, games and an auction.

For tickets, contact the DSU Office of Development at 302-857-6055.

For more information, email Blakey at slim.dukey1@gmail.com.