Thirteen-year-old Clay Moscardelli, of Lebanon, was among 20 campers who recently took part in an interactive flight training experience as part of Nashville Pilot Camp hosted by Nashville Flight Training.
During the camp, participants age 13 to 18 were introduced to the disciplines of aviation through science, technology, engineering and math in a classroom setting as well as hands-on instruction and experience on FAA-certified flight simulators. The weeklong camp culminated in an opportunity to pilot a plane with an instructor.
"The goal of Nashville Pilot Camp is to introduce a new generation to the aviation industry and ignite an interest in them to be a part of it," Nashville Flight Training President Chris Erlanson explained. "We hope to inspire some of these students to embark on aviation careers. And, there's no doubt that many of the campers who were with us this week have the potential to someday become airline captains, military pilots or astronauts."
Nashville Pilot Camp followed the announcement of a Nashville Flight Training partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide (ERAU-W) to offer a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics while working to receive a pilot license. The unique partnership offers Nashville Flight Training students the opportunity to complete training as fully licensed and rated commercial pilots with the aviation-related university degree necessary for a commercial pilot career in the airline industry.
"As the aviation industry approaches a projected national pilot shortage, we'll continue to do our part to attract a new generation of talent to an industry that needs them," Erlanson said.