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Flight school opens in Myrtle Beach

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School representatives cut the ribbon on the newly-opened Myrtle Beach Academy of Aviation School representatives cut the ribbon on the newly-opened Myrtle Beach Academy of Aviation

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Attention aspiring aviators: you could earn a Private Pilot's license in as little as 30 days at the Myrtle Beach Academy of Aviation, a new school that held its grand opening Thursday, representatives stated in a news release.

This morning on WMBF News Today, Alex Holley reported live from the action. She explained not only how you can get your own set of wings, but the economic impact this academy is expected to have on our area.

The ribbon was cut on the new facility just after noon on Thursday.

Private pilots can go on to pursue a commercial pilot's license, or other certifications, the release states, and land a career in the aviation industry. For example, a Myrtle Beach-based corporate airline and helicopter charter company, Helijet Charters LLC, hopes to recruit locally, rather than hiring out of state, representatives state.

The academy, located on the skirt of the ITAP project at 3340 Huger Street, will also offer aircraft rentals to those in the community who already have a pilot's license.

"Many private pilots can't afford the cost of owning and maintaining an aircraft so they join our flying club and rent one as the need arises," says Bill O'Hara, one of the school's flight instructors.

The Myrtle Beach Academy of Aviation is expected to add 55 to 60 jobs over the next 18 months, with many ground and flight instruction, maintenance, and administrative positions to be filled immediately.

For more information, visit: www.mbacademyofaviation.com

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