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

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

Pahel said the plane is perfect for "a family with luggage, a group of guys off to play golf (and) football fans off to a big game.

"This can get you there faster than the airlines because you don't have to go through all the bureaucracy and TSA stuff," Pahel said.

Indoor 'flights'

An integral part of Emerald Coast Aviation's flight school curriculum is "flight time" in its Redbird simulator. Training in the high-tech full-motion machine counts toward instructional hours.

"You can practice and perfect twin-engine training safely on the ground," Pahel said, before actually taking to the air.

Licensed pilots can also rent time in the Redbird to keep their licenses current or upgraded at less cost than renting an aircraft, he said.

"The sim offers huge advantages for multi-engine students or pilots who need to maintain their proficiency for insurance purposes," Pahel said.

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