Commercial pilot shortage can find some relief in Crestview (VIDEO)

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

"The airlines are screaming for more pilots right now," Pahel said. "People can train for airline jobs right here in Crestview."

'A very cool airplane'

Emerald Coast Aviation is banking on the plane's appeal to experienced pilots. Though originally built in 1980, the Baron's original owners wouldn't recognize it today, Pahel said.

"It's been completely upgraded" with a new instrument cluster, including a Garmin "enhanced situational awareness" GPS system, Pahel said.

It includes the aircraft's digitally installed instrument-approach manual.

"This is a very cool airplane," Pahel said. "It's sweet. We will rent it out to experienced pilots who want to get someplace fast."

Compared to Emerald Coast's single-engine Cessna 172S, which can reach destinations such as New Orleans, Orlando or Atlanta in about two hours, the six-passenger Beechcraft can make the trip in 45 minutes to an hour.

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