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Oklahoma Looking To Fix Pilot Shortage

Posted at 8:17 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 21:17:53-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOCO-TV) — Experts in Oklahoma are searching for ways to help fill the void left by a nationwide pilot shortage, according to KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City.

Over the next 20 years, Boeing says we will need more than 800,000 new pilots.

The shortage is affecting the military, general aviation and commercial airlines.

One idea the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has is to get teenagers interested in the industry by offering college credits for taking aerospace courses.

"I think it will be a really big step to get our younger generations excited either for pilot careers or just to be a general aviation pilot to go have fun and fly around the skies," said Grayson Ardies with the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.

Aviation is Oklahoma's number two industry, and the commission believes the changes could help make the state a nationwide leader in new pilots.

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