Officials to Study Feasibility of Aviation School

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Yeager Airport and Marshall University are looking at the possibility of developing an aviation school in West Virginia.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the airport’s board voted Wednesday to sign a memorandum of understanding with Marshall University to determine the feasibility and sustainability of adding the school at Yeager. Marshall spokeswoman Ginny Painter said Thursday that the school had not yet signed the memorandum.

Officials plan to study the issue over the next 12 months. If they decide to move forward, Yeager Executive Director Terry Sayre said the aviation school would be located adjacent to the east end of a now-closed runway that had primarily served smaller aircraft.

Sayre said the initiative is an exciting opportunity that could bring jobs to the area.