A Message from the Chief Executive Officer

Peter Harris23 LgWelcome to Spartan Iraq!

We’re proud that the United States Government and the Government of Iraq have identified us as the sole source provider for a historic aviation training program.

Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC, was formed in 2014 to support the establishment of an air academy in Iraq. We’re thrilled to bring a fresh mix of commercial- and military-style aviation training to a valued partner of the United States.

Spartan Iraq traces its origins to the early days of aviation through its affiliation with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, a network of aviation training campuses across the United States. The rich history of Spartan College reaches back to its founding in 1928. Now, 90 years later, Spartan College continues to lead the aviation training industry.

We welcome you to learn more about Spartan Iraq and our exciting programs. Contact us if you would like to learn more about how to contribute to our efforts.

Peter H. Harris
Chief Executive Officer

The Spartan Legacy

Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC, celebrates a proud legacy from its roots in Spartan College.Skelly.jpg

Spartan College was founded in 1928 by W.G. Skelly in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Operating continuously since then, the college has provided training to more than 130,000 students from all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

Notable graduates include Lieutenant Colonel Leon Vance, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient and namesake of Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma; Brigadier General Robin Olds, the USAF’s only flying ace across both World War II and Vietnam; and Ben Hogan, golfing legend.

Our Affiliates

Spartan C208EX, Sep 2014 - Copy.pngSpartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC, is an affiliate of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, which has campuses in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Broomfield (Denver), Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and Riverside, California.

Support from these affiliated Spartan organizations allow Spartan Iraq to help establish an air academy with access to top flight curriculum and training expertise.

Spartan College’s flight campus in Tulsa has provided training since 2007 as part of the Coalition Air Force Transition Team (CAFTT) and Air Advisor Program (AAP). This program includes pilot and maintenance technician training for Cessna 172 and Cessna 208 aircraft, similar to the fleet of Cessna 172, Cessna 208 and Beechcraft T-6A aircraft expected to be used for training at the academy in Iraq.

Leadership

The leadership team at Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC, has the global business and military experience necessary to lead students to success.

 

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Peter Harris, Chief Executive Officer

Before becoming CEO of Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC, in 2017, Peter Harris held the same position at Spartan Education Group. During his four-year tenure there, the organization more than doubled in size, growing from a single school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to five campuses in three markets with students from many international locations.

A seasoned executive in industries with touch points across the globe, Harris has served on more than a dozen boards of directors in education, healthcare, real estate and more. He earned an honors undergraduate degree in mathematical methods in the social sciences and political science from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.

 

 

Rod Zastrow, President

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After a 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Colonel Rod Zastrow (U.S. Air Force-Retired) joined Spartan in 2011 with a focus on international and U.S. military business development. His efforts led to multiple international and U.S. training contracts for Spartan. As president of Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC since 2017, Zastrow now uses his experience as a USAF F-15 fighter pilot to help students succeed.

Zastrow spent half his career in international posts, including the Royal Saudi Air Force, SFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina, NATO air forces, Japan, the U.K., Germany and the 2000 Group of Eight summit. Zastrow also served as a policy advisor on staff for former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

An active pilot, Zastrow earned his USAF commission through AFROTC and his aerospace engineering degree from the University of Arizona. He later earned his MBA in aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts from the USAF Air War College.


Spartan Iraq

Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC

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