47ABC Aviation Week Flight Lesson

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SALISBURY, Md- Its bird, its a plane, well it's a small plane, but and for national aviation week 47ABC's Jobina Fortson learned to fly it with a little help from her expert co- pilot Bryant.

Bayland Aviation Flight Instructor Bryant Owens says, "People can get their private pilots license before they obtain a drivers."

You just have to be at least 16, and have a valid proof of citizenship. Looks Jobina made the cut!

Owens continues. "If you can drive a car, you can fly an airplane."

Well, it's not "that" simple. With all the knobs, buttons, and switches, it takes 22 steps to make sure the aircraft is ready to take off. Thanks to the dual controls, a pilot can take over anytime while a student is flying in the air.  
 
Owens responds, "They're very intertwined, it's very much just like a driver's ed car."

Getting behind the yoke, that's pilot lingo for steering wheel, felt pretty exciting for Jobina, so she thought people would be lining up to become pilot! Apparently, that's not the case.

Owens replies, "Boeing is recommending that there's going to be a big pilot shortage throughout the next 20 years." 

That's because commercial pilots have to retire by 65. According to a 2011 study by Pew Research, about 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day until 2030; plus the pay isn't that great.

Owens continues, "If you're flying on the regionals inside this country there's a good chance the guy sitting in the right seat is living off of food stamps."

Add a $50,000 price tag to aeronautic school, and this adrenaline rush becomes a little less enticing. However, if you're interested for leisure, the cost runs a lot less.

Owens says, "Anywhere from around $5,000 to $6,500."
 
Still a pretty penny, but for some, it can't beat that bird's eye view.


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