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Texas students go from high school to flight school, taking off with pilot careers amid industry shortage
Texas high school turns into flight school, focuses on aviation careers
FOX Business’ Connell McShane reports from Rising Aviation High School in Addison, Texas, where students aim to ‘inspire’ their peers to become pilots.
While major airlines and commercial pilots themselves have signaled a growing pilot shortage could greatly impact the aviation industry in coming years, one Texas high school is offering a solution.
Rising Aviation High located in Addison, Texas, was founded just two years ago with the unique goal of focusing its curriculum on aviation training while also teaching core classes like reading, writing, math and science.
FOX Business’ Connell McShane visited the institution Thursday to talk with two of Rising Aviation’s 23 total students about why they chose flight school over traditional high school on "Varney & Co."
Senior Shahinaz Alfadhel moved to the U.S. with her family seven years ago after fleeing Iraq as refugees. Noting that she and her mom love to travel, Alfadhel said she’s hoping to join an industry that, at last check, was 92% male.
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"I would like to inspire a lot of young girls to be a pilot as well, since I'm the only girl in here," Alfadhel told McShane. "It would be nice to have more girls having to come over here and learn to be a pilot."