An important question facing today’s airline industry is not whether it will face a pilot shortage, but when that shortage will hit. Meanwhile, there’s already a worsening shortage of aviation maintenance technicians.
Against this background, Marshall University has launched an ambitious aviation program.
The first, 25 students are expected to report this fall for commercial pilot training at a new Marshall flight school established at Yeager Airport in Charleston. The school will be housed in two new buildings — a classroom building and a hanger for the school’s new planes. The total cost of the two structures: $6.79 million.
“The aerospace field is growing worldwide,” says Yeager Airport Director Nick Keller. “In 2018, we approached Marshall about the possibility of locating a flight school at Yeager, and they were very receptive to the idea. The aerospace industry needs more people educated in aerospace careers. I believe if we have an educated workforce here, that will bring jobs to West Virginia.”
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