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Steuben aviation school seeing more students as commercial pilot shortage grows

There’s a major shortage of pilots. Local aviation schools say they’re seeing a significant uptick in students interested in learning to fly as result.

Jim Doane owner and flight Instructor with Costa Air Services in the Southern Tier tells WENY-TV that he’s seen significant increases in number of students interested in flying.

Costa Air Services teaches students the basics of flight, including aerodynamics, flying in weather patterns, and function of the aircraft.


Different aviation licenses require differing amounts of experience. “The private pilot license requires forty hours the instrument is another forty the commercial license takes about two hundred and fifty hours and then the airline passport pilot license will take a total of fifteen hundred hours,” Doane explained.

Due to the overall shortage of pilots its easier than ever to get from zero experience- to commercial pilot. However, it’s still something that takes upwards of 2-3 years to achieve.



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