Stennis International Airport Announces Part 141 Flight School

By Jennifer Baxter
Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission

The new flight school at Stennis will help Mississippi-based students advance in aviation and aerospace related careers.

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Board of Commissioners recently approved a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 141 flight school to locate at The Stennis International Airport.

Gulf Coast Aviation and Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission agreed to jointly pursue the flight school to help alleviate a global pilot shortage by training Hancock County and Mississippi-based students to advance in aviation and aerospace related careers, to include preparation for military flight training.

“The establishment of a flight school at The Stennis International Airport indicates our efforts to help create a pipeline of local aviators,” said Chanse Watson, Stennis International Airport Director.  “We have planted this seed and will grow a culture of aviation to meet the enormous demand in the industry.”

The addition of the flight school allows students to take full-time training, conducive to those who may want to pursue aviation as a career.

The flight school is the most recent announcement to come from The Port & Harbor Commission’s investment in an Aviation and Aerospace Cluster Optimization Plan performed in 2016.  Since that time, multiple efforts around aviation and aerospace have been advanced, including Pearl River Community College’s recent groundbreaking of the Phil Bryant Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy, which will be built in the Stennis International Airpark near The Stennis International Airport.

The Stennis International Airport’s addition of a Part 141 flight school will enhance the talent pipeline and enable Hancock County to play a leadership role to drive the effort around Mississippi’s aerospace and space exploration ecosystem.