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DCOB_Headshots_Merkt.jpgI am glad you are considering Jacksonville University to help you achieve your aviation career goals. Our Davis Aviation Center is one of the signature professional programs at Jacksonville University. Whether you are interested in a career as a civilian or military pilot, airport or airline manager, or as an air traffic controller, you could not choose a better location to achieve your goals than Jacksonville University. Our curriculum combines a broad-based education with a strong business foundation and industry-oriented aviation training. At JU you will be joining a close-nit community of students who share your passion and interact through a number of student organizations, such as our nationally recognized Flight Team, Alpha Eta Rho (AHP), Women in Aviation International (WAI), Aeronautical Honors Society Alpha Omicron Alpha (AOA), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Aviation Ambassadors. I hope you enjoy this site. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (904) 256-7894 or

Juan R. Merkt, Ph.D.
Director and Association Professor
Davis Aviation Center
Jacksonville University​