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Nation facing pilot shortage

Flight instructor Kirby Wagner (Source: KAIT) Flight instructor Kirby Wagner (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

An opportunity to learn to fly as a pilot can be rewarding with one local flight instructor saying there is a definite need for the specialized field.

Kirby Wagner, a flight instructor at C & S Aviation in Jonesboro, said Monday that many pilots are retiring with major airlines. The retirements have put pressure on regional carriers, creating a pilot shortage.

People are traveling by air more nowadays, with demand for pilots great, Wagner said, noting it is a good career choice for younger people with training at an all time high.  

"A lot more people are feeding into the airlines faster... so that helps- as long as you can do the training; build up the flight time. It's fairly easy to go under the airlines," Wagner said. 

It costs around $7,000 to attend flight school, Wagner said. 

Anyone interested in becoming a pilot can call the school at (870) 935-3880. 

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