Huntsville – Thursday morning, Non-profit organization FlyQuest along with partners Signature Flight Support and Huntsville International Airport unveiled a mobile classroom designed to stimulate students’ interest in a career in aviation as part of an effort to address the aviation workforce shortage.
“We took an old motor coach and reconfigured it as a classroom with exhibits to be able to teach kids about all kinds of things involved in aviation,” said FlyQuest Co-founder Mark Spencer. “We have simulators for flying a plane. We have simulators for air traffic control tower.”
The mobile classroom also features aircraft engines to help give a hands on approach to learning about aviation. As passenger travel continues to rise, the need for pilots is greater than ever. Spencer explained that capturing the minds of students early on is key.
Within the last month U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao commended FlyQuest for their efforts in providing aviation-oriented courses and scholarships for students interested in learning to fly. We hope you will join all of us for this special ribbon cutting as we work together to help end the pilot shortage.
The mobile classroom also visits schools in the area. Click here to find out how to request a visit for your school and to learn more about the programs offered at FlyQuest.
Click here to watch Spencer explain FlyQuest’s mission, and hear from a man who decided to become a pilot and pursue a career in aviation after one ride on a plane.