Sun, Jun 18, 2006
Doss Aviation To Screen Potential Pilots
By September of this
year, the Pueblo (CO) Memorial Airport will be cranking out 1,300
new pilots a year, the best destined for the US Air Force.
Doss Aviation is building the massive pilot screening school at
which aspiring pilots will see if they've got the right stuff to
fly for the USAF. Frank Hunter, Doss Aviation's president and chief
executive, is a 29-year Air Force veteran and has run similar
schools in Texas.
Hunter's company currently operates a flight-screening program
at the Air Force Academy, but the AFA and Pueblo operations will
"We spend $500 an hour to fly these kids and, if they get
through the flight training, we'll have spent about $1.5 million,"
Hunter told The Pueblo Chieftain, adding that the school tries to
determine early in the process if a student will make the cut.
Doss has already hired 20 of the 180 pilots, maintenance and
lodging workers for the Pueblo school, which will ultimately have
195 hotel-like rooms and feed more people in a day than any
restaurant in Pueblo. The company is renovating the
former Boeing building at the airport's industrial park to house
the school, and is erecting three new hangars to accommodate the
The first 15-member potential pilot class will arrive in Pueblo
in October 2006
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