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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) -

Thursday, a new flight school will officially open on the Grand Strand.  The Myrtle Beach Academy of Aviation opens at noon near The Market Common.

The school will teach students how to fly both commercial or personal planes and helicopters.

It will have the latest technology and simulators, but the school is most excited about bringing more than 50 jobs to the area.

Flying has been a dream of Zach Goodman's for as long as he can remember.

"I want to get up and control the plane it seems fun to me.."

Now, viewing the Grand Strand from 6,000 feet will be a normalcy for Goodman and dozens others in the area.

"I don't know how long it's going to take me. I want to get it done as quickly as possible, start getting my solo flights in and hopefully not crash," said Goodman.

It's Chief Instructor Bill O'Hara's job to make sure Goodman and others at Myrtle Beach's new Academy of Aviation do just that.

"The student can learn at their own pace, and we're preparing and building a part-141 school where the student will follow very regimented flight curriculum," said O'Hara.

But, the real excitement for President Jeremy Bass is the jobs the school brings with it.

"Flight instructors, administrative staff, maintenance staff, mechanics to perform maintenance functions, inspections, repairs on the aircrafts the flight school has," explained Bass.

The goal is to train local students for local flight jobs to keep them at the beach.

"Airplane functions, private air charters, chartering folks, business people, families to personal vacations trips such as that without having to go through the commercial airline side," said Bass of the benefits.

It's Goodman's goal to take off, enjoy the view, and finish the day with two feet on the ground.

"It's always been a passion, I'm excited for it."

The ribbon cutting is Thursday at noon off of Huger Street near the General Aviation Terminal at The Market Common.

The public is invited to attend.

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