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Starting the year has been all engines go for a Southern California flight school that is looking to fill the void in the Los Angeles flight training market.
Revolution Aviation flight school at John Wayne Airport in Southern California offering helicopter and airplane instruction — or better known as their popular U.S. registered trademark EatSleepFly — signed a lease with Aeroplex Group at Long Beach Airport on Jan. 1 for a new flight operation location on the south side at Long Beach Airport.
This will create their second location in California to serve the public’s quenching desire to fly, which is being fueled by the pilot shortage nationally.
The U. S. military and airlines have both been short of pilot-hiring goals. More than 42 percent of active U.S. airline pilots at the biggest carriers will retire over the next 10 years, about 22,000, according to a recent report by Cowen & Company.
Furthermore, the skill demand for helicopter or dual-rated specific qualifications is even greater, and an even hotter commodity which in turn is demanding higher salaries paid by private corporations.
For Southern California this means that Revolution will be the first flight school to operate bases in both Orange County and Los Angeles County creating the largest footprint of a flight school operation in the 33,900 square miles of the Los Angeles area — which is the largest metropolitan region in the United States by land area.
This allows students the option to pursue training that is geographically suitable to their needs.
The Long Beach Airport location will allow Revolution the space to include four classrooms, reception, briefing, conference, and airside access for several helicopters for one-on-one and classroom flight training. There will also be a range of other flight and ground services next to the Signature Flight fixed-based operator, which will fuel the aircraft on the airside ramp.
“I’ve been flying almost 12 years and have never seen the thirst for aviation any greater,” said chief pilot Mark Robinson. “We’ve had requests for a second location for a long time, and this will allow us to fulfill those requests and see how managing a second location will adjust logistics. It will also allow us to get comfortable opening a third location in another state. There is on average 300 days a year of sunshine in SoCal, so opening up another flight location to fill the void locally and allow students to complete training safely, on time, and in a fun environment was an easy decision to make.”