Thursday, October 22, 2015

Commercial flight training comes to San Marcos Regional Airport (KHYI) Texas

Ever dreamed of being a commercial airline pilot?  Want to train in San Marcos, perhaps with a job already lined up when you graduate?

Then you might want to come tonight at 6:30 p.m. to the CAF hangar at San Marcos Regional Airport (where the World War II planes are).

Coast Flight, a San Diego based commercial flight training company is here to talk to prospects and share information on their upcoming class to be held here starting in February.

“There is a shortage of commercial airline pilots,” said Will Dryden with Coast Flight.  “Boeing says there will be 500,000 commercial pilots needed globally over the next 20 years.  And with mandatory retirement age of 65 by the FAA, airlines in the United States are expecting 18,000 to retire by 2024.”

Dryden said this is the first time that airlines are recruiting pilots prior to flight training.  

“Our program is open to anyone and those with a military background can cover their training 100 percent with the GI Bill,” Dryden said.  “The training last 21 months and a person can also receive their associates degree during that time.  Upon graduation the new pilot will hold both an FAA commercial rating and instructor’s rating.”

Coast Flight already has a campus in San Diego and one in Iowa but is now opening this new one at San Marcos Regional Airport with the first class of 25 students beginning work in February.

“Students can choose whichever campus they would like,” Dryden said, adding that each location has a class starting quarterly.

Tonight’s information seminar, which will include hiring airlines on-sight, is free and open to the public.  Prospective students must have at least a high school diploma.

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