Aviation Career Outlook
It is expected within the next 15 years there will be a need for 60,000 new commercial airline pilots in the U.S. alone. (Aviation Week)

480,000 new aviation maintenance technicians are needed worldwide by the year 2026. (ICAO)
Over the next decade, 10,000 new air traffic controllers will be needed in the U.S. as the current population becomes eligible for retirement. (Forbes)
Flight School and Aviation Careers

Virginia Space Grant Consortium, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Liberty University, Averett University and the Virginia Department of Aviation, is offering flight academies for selected high school students statewide in response to the looming national shortage of airline pilots and the growing need for aviation maintenance technicians and air traffic controllers.


This program will allow students to explore aviation career fields while learning to fly! The Commonwealth of Virginia is providing funding that permits the Pathways Flight Academies program to be offered free of charge to participants.


The Pathways Flight Academies will immerse students in learning to fly while discovering the range of exciting aviation career opportunities available. Five, twelve-day residential academies will be offered during the summer of 2020 for selected students who have shown an interest in and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM), in addition to career aspirations to become a commercial pilot.


Students admitted to this intensive program will undertake ground school and flight training that can culminate in their first solo flight at the end of the academy. Twenty-four students were chosen for the summer 2019 Pathways Flight Academies.


We are pleased to be partnering with two outstanding Virginia Flight Training schools for this program.  Averett University, Aviation Adventures, and Blue Ridge Community College/Blue Ridge Aviation have outstanding facilities for aviation education and flight training and operate FAA-Approved Part 141 flight schools offering classes for both a Private Pilot Certificate and Commercial Pilot Certificate.