Posted at: 04/04/2013 11:58 AM
Updated at: 04/05/2013 1:35 PM
The Twin Ports area is quickly becoming a hub for aviation and that growth is sparking interest for college students.
"We're starting to see an uptick in interest in people going into aviation," Hendrickson said.
Lake Superior College has an aviation program school officials said they're looking to expand. With companies like AAR, Cirrus and Kestrel, Chief Flight Instructor Lis Hendrickson said the college is working to start aircraft mechanic and maintenance programs.
"It will make a workforce that's skilled, highly educated and local, so that these local aviation businesses will want our students," Hendrickson said.
She also said pilots nationwide are at retirement age making room for new pilots like student Andrew Asleson.
"I just love flying," Asleson said. "I know I've been interested in it since first or second grade. I've known I always wanted to fly."
Since starting the program, Asleson received his private pilot certificate. He took me for a ride up in a Cirrus plane to show me his passion for flying.
Hendrickson said the advanced technology in a Cirrus plane gives students valuable experience.
"It's a little bit bumpy here at the moment, but other than that it's a nice sunny day" Asleson said.
We took off from the Duluth Airport and headed up to Silver Bay.