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Aviation Career Day Nov. 12 at Montgomery-Gibbs Airport

Will Dryden • In The News • November 1, 2016

San Diego, CA – Coast Flight Training and Envoy Air/American Airlines Group are hosting a free Aviation Career Day on Saturday, November 12, Noon to 4 pm, at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport and teaming up to provide scholarship opportunities for high school seniors and recent graduates with a passion for flight. The U.S. airline industry is facing a critical shortage of trained airline pilots, with more than 600,000 trained pilots needed by 2035 according to studies by Boeing. Pilots earn an average of $58,000 starting salary, plus benefits including travel, climbing to more than $100,000 annually after a few years in the industry, and potentially exceeding $300,000 annually during a career.

To help young adults pursue these in-demand jobs, Envoy Air/American Airlines Group and Coast Flight Training will provide 15 students with full scholarships for 30 hours of Ground School at Montgomery Field in Spring 2017. One successful Ground School graduate will earn a full tuition Grand Scholarship for a complete FAA-certified Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial and Certified Flight Instructor Ratings, along with a conditional offer of employment from Envoy/American Airlines Group upon successful completion of training and certification (Grand Scholarship is valued at over $73,000).”Envoy Air is proud to support Aviation Career Day which will educate and promote aviation as a rewarding and attainable career. We are excited to partner in the scholarship and look forward to the recipient becoming an Envoy Air pilot,” said Ric Wilson, Vice President of Flight Operation, Envoy Air.

Scholarship applications for Ground School will be available at Aviation Career Day, which will feature the opportunity to sit in the cockpits of Coast aircraft, experience flight simulators, talk with pilots, flight instructors, and enjoy refreshments at the airfield. Register at to attend and pick up a scholarship application at the event. “I applaud American Airlines, Envoy, and Coast Flight for taking a pro-active approach and looking locally to meet the needs of the innovative airline industry,” said Chris Cate, San Diego City Councilmember in District 6, the home of the City’s Montgomery-Gibbs airfield and many aviation industry businesses. “Coast is excited about introducing talented young people to the potential careers and pathways to train for these high paying and rewarding careers – which do not require a four year college degree,” said Bryan Simmons, President of Coast Flight Training. A retired United States Marine and military flight instructor, Simmons served as Presidential Command pilot for two U. S. Presidents.