Ground broken for Marshall University flight school

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ground has been broken on a facility that will house Marshall University's flight school.

A ceremony was held Thursday at Charleston's Yeager Airport for the university's new Bill Noe Flight School. The facility, which include classrooms and a 12,000-square-foot hangar, is expected to open for the fall 2021 semester, Marshall said in a news release.

The statement said the university is applying to the Federal Aviation Administration to start a pilot school that, if approved, would enable Marshall to offer a commercial pilot bachelor’s degree. Students would take the flight school’s FAA curriculum at Yeager Airport and general education courses at Marshall’s South Charleston campus.

Marshall said the flight school will have about 200 students when fully operational and graduate 50 commercial pilots each year.