A new multi-million-dollar Aviation Education Center opened at Hollywood North Perry Airport. Wayman Aviation Academy opened the doors to its new state-of-the-art expansion facility on Friday, March 22. North Perry Airport has become a strong center for flight training, recently heralded as the busiest VFR airport in the state of Florida, the company says.
The new facility will increase the school's capacity for students from its partners including Miami-Dade College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Liberty University and airlines. New classrooms will lead to expanded course offerings; a large seminar space for gatherings such as its recent open house for 60 Girl Scouts. It will house a new dispatch and flight line to accommodate its fleet of nearly 40 aircraft. The Wayman FAA certified testing center for pilots, mechanics and dispatchers will double to 10 seats.
The school aims to support local and international students that are responding to the world-wide shortage of pilots. Boeing and Airbus estimate a need for over 345,000 pilots over the next 20 years. However, the US only trains approximately 14,000 ATP pilots a year, half of what it needs to meet demand. This has led to rising entry-level wages at the regional airlines and booming salaries for senior captains. The new facility will be next to Wayman Aviation's existing FAA certified Part 145 aircraft repair station, and its pilot shop. The school maintains a flight line at Miami -Opa Locka Executive Airport as well.