Idaho welcomed over a dozen Afghan pilots after Kabul fell in 2021. They're working entry-level jobs to support their families back home, with dreams of getting back to the career they love - flying.
The pilots trained and served alongside U.S. allies. But becoming certified to fly commercially in the U.S. is financially out of reach for many, at a cost of more than $30,000 per pilot.
Our Global Talent team is among the first nationwide to pioneer a path forward for these pilots. We've teamed up with a retired Marine aviator to create a training pathway of ground school and flight school, and our first cohort of three pilots is nearing the finish line.
We're seeking community investment to help cover the high costs of the certification process. Will you help us reach our goal of raising $40,000?
The pilots' success will not only be life-changing as they're able to get good-paying jobs in their field of expertise, but it will help address our nation's pilot shortage. We hope you will join us in this innovative solution and show our allies that we have not forgotten their sacrifice.
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager
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