GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — Northwestern Michigan College aviation celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday.
There were events throughout the day marking the milestone.
NMC students, pilots, teachers and aviation experts, including Air Force major Benjamin Donberg, talked about some of the key issues facing aviation today. One of those issues is a lack of pilots.
“Solving this pilot shortage is not just a national security issue, but it’s also a national commerce issue,” said Donberg. “I hope that coming up here and talking about that can provide some motivation to the next generation.”
NMC aviation provides training for both private and commercial pilots.