With the New Year comes new resolutions and for some that might mean a new career. The winter semester is already underway at BYU-Idaho and Idaho State University starts its spring semester on Monday but there is another career path available and it might just surprise you how quickly you can finish the program.
Eastern Idaho and aviation go hand in hand. We are served by two regional airports, several general aviation runways and we even have a handful of private landing strips. With a major hub just to the south of us, many current and retired airline professionals call eastern Idaho home and you could join them by completing the pilot training program at the Pocatello Av Center.
“We offer private pilot lessons clear through airline transport pilot, which is what you need to be a professional airline pilot,” said Lane Clayson, Head Pilot at The Pocatello Av Center. “Price wise, getting your private license, it’s about $6,000. We run on your schedule and so if you are a student at ISU or you are a working individual, we can do lessons around your schedule.”
There are many careers available for certified pilots and the demand is only expected to increase as the Baby Boomers reach retirement.
“Right now is actually an ideal time to start flying because of a couple of factors you mentioned there,” continued Clayson. “The Baby Boomer generation, the Vietnam pilots, they are all at the tail end of retirement and so there is going to be a big hiring gap there that will need to be filled. Also, with the recession there hasn’t been a lot of student starts over the last few years and so there is a lot of opportunity there just because of the numbers.”
As with any career path it’s important to do your homework before making a commitment but if you think this is what you want to do, the Pocatello Av Center has the tools to make it happen.
You can contact the Av Center 24 hours a day at 1-800-350-0737 or at their website, http://www.avcenter.com/
Source: KPVI News 6