Soaring plans: Greenwood flight school prepares for expansion

The flight school that stores its planes and uses office space at the Greenwood Airport is expanding, hiring full-time instructors, buying flight simulators and getting more airplanes.

Jeff Air Pilot Services rents planes to students and pilots who don’t own planes and has about 600 customers who fly regularly, co-owner Tom Jeffries said. The flight school has about 100 students at any given time who get flight lessons from Jeff Air instructors, who also teach classes on the ground.

In 2012, Jeff Air rented planes to pilots for fewer than 1,000 hours in the air; but in 2013 that number had more than doubled.

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