Aviation Industry Taking Off

Local flight school sees increased interest in becoming a pilot

An industry that takes flight is doing just that.

According to the aircraft manufacturing company, Boeing, between now and 2034, the aviation industry will need to supply more than 1 million new aviation personnel; 558,000 thousand of which will be airline pilots.

While that may seem far away, one local flight school is already seeing increased interest in training.

“In the beginning you don’t really know what you’re going to get into,” says commercial flight student Matt Meert. ”It is a lot of studying and you have to be committed to it. 

Meert received his private license 14 years ago, 8 years ago he advanced to having an instrument rating, which means he can fly without visual reference of the outside, and now he’s working on getting his commercial license.

He says the effort is worth the achievement. 

“There’s nothing like it,” says Meert. “You have the view of the world around you; you can see everything on the ground as you’re cruising around.” 

Meert isn’t the only one taking interest in flight. 

“It’s growing and advancing,” say Chief Officer of Legacy Aviation Jordan Hall, an FAA certified flight school. “There is going to be more passengers flying airlines and that in effect always trickles down to where we’re at which is the root, which is pilot training.” 

Hall says he’s seen a lot more people taking training courses. He says these courses require a lot of studying and self-determination, but is also catered to the pilot itself. 

“When you’re ready to solo, that’s an exchange between the instructor and the student, and they’re both in agreement that they’re comfortable and ready to solo,” says Hall. 

“It’s really an amazing experience,” says Meert. 

Legacy Aviation teaches everything from basic primary flight instruction to commercial flight instruction, as well as training on how to become a flight instructor.

The company is open 7 days a week and can schedule flights during any time of the day, weather permitting.

For more information visit their website at http://www.legacyaviationsd.com

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