A new pilot training facility is now open at Maury County Regional Airport. Tennessee Flight Training began operations this month and will host a grand opening and open house to welcome the community and provide information on how to launch a career as a pilot.

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony with elected officials and members of the business community will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. Those interested in learning more about becoming a pilot or taking a facility tour are welcome at Tennessee Flight Training’s open house on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. The facility is located at 1200 N. Main Street, Hangar 7, in Mt. Pleasant.

Tennessee Flight Training is an expansion of one of the nation’s preeminent flight schools – Nashville Flight Training – which has been based at Nashville International Airport (BNA) for more than 10 years and has served over 3,000 student pilots. The new location at Maury County Regional Airport (MRC) features new aircraft, a state-of-the-art flight simulator and classroom space for student pilots and their instructors to conduct ground training.

“We’re thrilled to be joining the many businesses and organizations that call Maury County home,” said Chris Erlanson, president of Tennessee Flight Training. “Pilots are in-demand, and we’re excited to provide a local path to those who want to make this their career, or who simply want to take to the skies as a personal or business pursuit. No matter the end goal, flying from Maury County Regional Airport is another fantastic way to make that a reality.”

Tennessee Flight Training offers a range of customized options – from recreational to career pilot training – at a pace that fits each student’s needs. An FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) can provide a personalized training path based on the student’s schedule. In addition, financing options are available.

Part of Tennessee Flight Training’s fleet of aircraft is a 2021 Evektor Harmony. Equipped with a Rotax engine and a Garmin G3X “glass cockpit,” the Harmony is a technologically advanced aircraft (TAA) perfect for time-building as well as instrument and commercial training. Alternatively, student pilots can receive training in a Cessna 172, one of the most common training aircraft in the world.

The FAA requires at least 40 hours of flight training to receive a private pilot certificate, and the national average for completing the training is 60-70 hours over the course of several months. After receiving their initial certificate, pilots can continue training and receive instrument and multi-engine ratings as well as commercial and airline transport pilot licenses.

Many aspiring aviators set their sights on a sport pilot license, which often can be completed in as little as 30 days and is more budget-friendly for those who plan to fly as a hobby.

“Flying an airplane is an experience unlike any other, with amazing opportunities to travel to places near and far. If you have always dreamed of becoming a pilot, or you’re thinking about a career change, this is a great time to get started. The skies are calling!” Erlanson said.

More information about Tennessee Flight Training is available at www.tnflighttraining.com or by calling (931) 774-8380.