West Virginia Aeronautics Commission Praises Opening of Bill Noe Flight School |
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Aeronautics Commission Director Sean Hill was on hand to attend a ribbon cutting for Marshall University’s Bill Noe Flight School. The Commercial Aviation Training School, located at Yeager Airport in Charleston, is scheduled to open for the fall semester on Monday, August 23, 2021.
The West Virginia Aeronautics Commission, part of the West Virginia Department of Transportation, played an important role in bringing together airport officials, Marshall officials, and the Federal Aviation Administration to get the project off the ground. Additionally, Governor Jim Justice has contributed federal funding to help build a road to the facility, which is located on an old trail.
Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert, Yeager Airport Director Nick Keller, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin, Kanawha County officials and the namesake of the Flight School Bill Noe took part in a flight school dedication ceremony on Tuesday August 8th. ten.
“The Aeronautics Commission has played a key role in promoting aviation education in West Virginia,” Keller said. “The road has opened up all these lands for development.
Boeing and others in the airline industry have predicted the need for tens of thousands of new pilots and aircraft technicians over the next 20 years. Once fully operational, the Bill Noe Flight School will welcome 200 students per year and train 50 new pilots.
Graduates of the flight school will be qualified to fly commercial airliners. The flight school will eventually have 15 to 20 aircraft, both single-engine trainers and twin-engine trainers necessary for pilots to qualify to fly multi-engine planes.
Noe, a Marshall University graduate and longtime pilot with 15,000 flight hours, is COO of NetJets, the world’s first and largest jet charter service. He played an active role in the development of the flight school that bears his name.
Sean Hill said support for the flight school and Yeager Airport is part of the commission’s ongoing mission to promote aviation in the Highland State.
“This is a great time for aviation in West Virginia,” Hill said. “I cannot commend Yeager Airport and Marshall University enough for bringing this concept to life. Imagine, a child could play on this airport’s playground, look up and fall in love with aviation. They are getting a little older and enrolling in this flight school or one of the tech programs across the state. The circle of inspiring future aviators comes together with the completion of this school.
“A big advantage today is that with Marshall University investing time and resources in an aviation program, other universities and community technical colleges are opening their eyes to the potential at hand,” did he declare.