Friday, March 25, 2016

New Flight School at Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport (KOWB) to Bring Jobs and International Students

Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport is getting a new flight school that trains pilots for Chinese airlines.

Apus Air announced this week that it is constructing a flight training center at the airport. The project will create 35 jobs.

CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation Madison Silvert says the regional airport is a perfect fit for the company’s needs. 

 “They were looking for an airport that had the right balance of runway links and amenities and low traffic so they could provide a confident environment for new trainees,” says Silvert.

The California-based company is making an investment $1.65 million in the new facility.

Silvert says the flight training center also other benefits for the region.

“It’ll bring a number of new international visitors and residents here for upwards of sometimes a few years,” says Silvert. “This is a community that continues to see the value in diversity and having a diverse workforce.”

Silvert says the flight school will not have a negative impact on commercial flights at the airport. On the positive side, the training center will add to air traffic counts that help maintain funding for the control tower.

Original article can be found here:  http://wkyufm.org

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