Pilot Has Vision for Local Airport
By Cara Higgins, InterMountain.com
Elkins Aviation owner Mark Reynolds has opened the full-time flight school at the Elkins-Randolph County Airport in West Virginia with the goal of making it a nationally accredited school that will train pilots from all over the country and, in so doing, boost the local economy. In the short term the company will train the many locals who are interested in learning to fly, but as that is not enough to sustain the business long-term, Reynolds is looking to attract future pilots to the area to learn to fly while enjoying a low cost of living. He is also planning to partner with Davis & Elkins College so that students can obtain a bachelor's degree and pilot's license and potentially learn about airline maintenance and repair as well. He has big plans for the airport as well, hoping to offer services that link it to major airports like Pittsburgh, as people who fly into other local airports to access ski resorts would likely prefer Elkins as it is even closer to their destination.
October 14, 2009