Ever wanted to be a pilot as a career? Instructors at a flight school in Hernando County say now might be a great time to pursue that dream.
- Number of pilots down 30 percent since 1980
- Many current pilots retiring, training new pilots expensive
- Students now looking to colleges, universities to get instruction, flight time
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the number of pilots is decreasing, while demand is still going up.
However, it could be the price of training that is holding people back.
“One day I was like, 'Hmm, I wonder what it takes to get into that kind of career," said Vanessa Baker, who says she's loved flying for as long as she can remember. "So I started researching it and I went for a discovery flight, and then I was hooked — I was like, 'I have to do this every day.'"