Fox 10 Phoenix Spotlights Leopard Aviation Role in Training Pilots Amid Pilot Shortage
Fox 10 Phoenix stopped by Leopard Aviation’s Scottsdale location on Monday, March 29 to interview CEO Tom Noon about the flight school’s rapid progress in training students to meet the growing demand for pilots.
The Fox 10 Morning News Team reported that Leopard Aviation has seen an uptick in the number of students looking to take their careers to the sky. The pilot shortage problem is being addressed by training more students to meet the demand.
Reporter and Pilot Ty Brennan noted that Leopard Aviation, which celebrates its first anniversary in May, opened at a time when many businesses were shutting down, right in the middle of the pandemic. However, CEO Tom Noon immediately saw success.
“The first day, I told my son (Leopard Aviation Instructor Eric Noon), I hope we have 10 students in a month. We had 21,” Noon said. “We did 65 hours of instruction our first full month, and this month, we’ll do 650.”
The Fox 10 news segment helped Noon announce the addition of two new Cessna Skyhawks 172s to the Leopard Aviation fleet, which were added to keep up with demand for pilot training amidst a pilot shortage.
Brennan also pointed out one of the things that sets Leopard Aviation apart in the industry – flexible, custom flight training. “Their flight school is customizable to achieve anyone’s goal – from getting their private pilot’s license all the way up to a commercial license,” Brennan said.
In addition to career training, Brennan noted that Leopard Aviation also offers Discovery Flights for folks looking to try out flight lessons and, “that’s when the aviation bug is likely to bite.”
Noon added, “I’d say 98% of people that come back from their first flight, say ‘When can I do that again? Very exciting!”
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You can watch the full segment titled “Valley welcomes new aviation school amid pilot shortage” on the Fox 10 Phoenix website here.>>
Make sure to check out the live Fox 10 Phoenix segment that went live earlier in the day titled “Leopard Aviation expands fleet of pilot-training aircraft” on the Fox 10 Phoenix website here.
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