Our History

In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright planted the seed of aviation with the first powered flight of an aircraft. Even though the total distance was less than the wingspan of a modern airliner, it became the benchmark event for aviation, and possibly for all modern means of travel. Today, flight beyond the speed of sound, commercial flights carrying large numbers of people around the world, vast manufacturing complexes, and travel beyond the atmosphere in manned and unmanned vehicles have become commonplace.

Teterboro School of Aeronautics (TSA) was founded in 1947 at Teterboro Airport, New Jersey, to fill a critical shortage of highly trained and skilled Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT) in the ever-growing aviation industry. On May 13, 1947 TSA received its very first air agency certificate. Two years later, the school was already updating its curriculum, and the new curriculum was approved on November 11, 1949. During the 1950’s, the school grew and increased its enrollment, staff, and facilities.

The next major change in the school’s curriculum occurred on July 12, 1960 when the school again expanded and improved its curriculum to include the then “new” jet age aircraft and engines entering general service in civil aviation.

During the 1970’s, the school sought accreditation from a national accrediting commission to reach and maintain academic standards. The school continues its accreditation status with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (A.C.C.S.C.). During this same period the school continued in the advancement of its curriculum, the expansion of its facilities, and meeting the more comprehensive educational levels mandated under the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for the training of aviation technicians.

On October 1, 2019, Teterboro School of Aeronautics was acquired by Technical Education Services, Inc. TESI President Gerald Yagen also operates the Aviation Institute of Maintenance campuses around the country, and his leadership team is proud to provide TSA students the experience of a 13-campus institution and a network of aviation and aerospace employers nationwide.

TSA has been in continuous operation since its inception and its graduates number well into the thousands. They have successfully filled virtually all occupation levels in aerospace, as well as in the other technological fields that require skills and training similar to the aerospace industry. Many have risen to the top of their chosen fields, and more graduates are choosing to continue their education and receive a degree. Students entering the school will join the unbroken line of graduates who have gone before them into some of the most exciting and dynamic careers available.

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