Filling Critical Need for More Pilots

Kent State assistant dean, student discuss new pathway program created to address shortage
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Brian Neff, assistant dean of flight and operations at Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering, was recently featured on Spectrum News 1 Ohio with a Kent State aeronautics student to shed light on the national pilot shortage and explain what Kent State is doing to help fix this shortage.

Specifically, Neff detailed the potential outlook student pilots will have moving forward in their industry.

“There will be a huge demand for pilots over the next 15 to 20 years,” Neff told Spectrum News 1 Ohio. 

Brett Bodensteiner, a senior aeronautics student, also was featured to talk about his experience in Kent State’s new collaboration with Allegiant Air, which provides student pilots with an Allegiant mentor and a conditional job offer.

The program is meant to address the pilot shortage and give aeronautics students a clear path to a job.

“If I can have kind of that defined path and something that I know once I accomplish these goals that’s going to be waiting for me at the end, that’s a huge advantage for me,” Bodensteiner told Spectrum News 1 Ohio.

Watch the Spectrum News 1 Ohio story featuring Neff and Bodensteiner.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 01:10 PM
Updated: Monday, June 5, 2023 04:37 PM
Mateo Martin, Flash Communications