Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center hosts aviation exploration weekend

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Civil Air Patrol Cadets from across the state came together to learn about career opportunities in West Virginia's growing aerospace industry.

Cadets ages 14 to 21 got to try out a variety of aviation-related activities, including seminars, building model airplane wings, and flying drones.

Fairmont State University's Flight School brought a flight simulator for the cadets to try, and Engine Airframe Solutions Worldwide hosted radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations.

Armed forces recruiters were onsite to talk to interested students about careers in the USAF and Army.

The cadets also got a tour of the center, and the Pratt and Whitney aircraft engine facility.

Afterwards, they got to spend the night in the hangar, for a fun night of pizza and aviation themed movies.

With more than 500,000 pilot jobs that need filled by 2034, event coordinators hope this day will inspire the cadets to follow through with an aviation career.