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K-State Salina Campus Getting Millions to Address Pilot Shortage


SALINA, Kan. (KNS) — Kansas State University’s Aerospace and Technology Campus in Salina is receiving almost $5 million in federal funding to help address the national shortage of pilots. The money from Congress will go toward building a flight simulation center at the K-State Aerospace and Technology Campus.

The federal government estimates there will be about 18,000 openings for commercial pilots this decade. Only about half of those vacancies are being filled. The shortage has led to flight delays and cancellations.

Last October, K-State received $10 million from California-based company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to expand its aerospace research campus.