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Wannabe pilots' dreams take flight at base aero clubs

View Gallery (7 images) Yokota Flight Training Center student Staff Sgt. Galen Apo, 27, left, and his instructor, Tech. Sgt. Mike Pogvara, 30, fly over Tokyo during a training flight earlier this year. Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — With military staffing cuts on the horizon, some U.S. airmen in the Pacific are climbing into the cockpit or picking up a wrench in hopes of landing a job in the booming commercial aviation market. The International Civil Aviation Organization expects hundreds of thousands of new pilots will be required as demand for air travel booms over the next two decades. The Boeing Co. estimates the world’s airlines will need an additional 466,650 trained pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel by 2030, with much of the growth coming in the Asia-Pa...

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