An international pilot shortage is sparking a new program for residents in the Erie region.
Edinboro Universitys Porreco College announcing a new program with North Coast Flight School where you can receive your pilots license in two years.
Porreco College and North Coast Flight School are collaborating to offer a new two year degree program with scholarship support from the Erie Airport Authority.
“We finally managed to get a program going with Edinboro University” said Gregory Hayes of North Coast Flight School “that will truly allow students the opportunity to not only be exposed to aviation but now to have financial aid.”
The program is sparked from an international shortage of pilots.
“So not only are there fewer pilots but more regulations”said Hayes”the two together created a perfect storm and unfortunately right now everybody in aviation is really hurting looking for experienced pilots.”
Edinboro University saying “the new program will prepare area residents for highly in-demand jobs and help address a growing shortage of qualified pilots.”
“The shortage is going to be around for awhile” said Chief Flight Instructor Jon Scott “it is a great career lot of money to be made and travel”
After the associate level degree is earned the student will be ready to fly.
“They’d get there private instrument and commercial ratings, they would be employable at the time of graduation” said Hayes “it’s a win win for everyone “
The University will be making the formal announcement regarding the program on Wednesday but the flight school saying they hope have it off the ground this fall.