Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics: Nurturing Aviation Excellence in Myrtle Beach

August 22, 2023
Posted by
Mark Shaaber

Mike Basara is a very humble lead by example kind of guy, and he heads a professional team of instructors and staff that engage in world-class, hands-on instruction, high school and career age recruiting, on-site testing, and a robust career services and placement program.

At PIA, students are immersed in a dynamic learning environment that blends hands-on training with comprehensive theoretical knowledge. The campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, where aspiring aviators have access to cutting-edge aircraft, engines, and avionics systems. From aircraft maintenance to avionics technology, PIA offers a range of programs designed to equip students with the skills needed to excel in the rapidly evolving aviation sector.

What sets PIA apart is its dedicated faculty, comprising industry experts and seasoned professionals. They bring real-world experience into the classroom, offering invaluable insights and guidance to students. Whether students aspire to become skilled aircraft technicians, avionics specialists, or even pursue management roles in the aviation sector, PIA's Myrtle Beach campus provides a solid foundation.

At PIA you can quickly earn your A&P certification and become a much-needed Aircraft and Powerplant Technician.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent but do not need to have a mechanical background.

PIA students have found work at NASA, SpaceX and right here at the Myrtle Beach Airport.

This great career option can begin for you or someone you know right on the Grand Strand adjacent to the well-known Market Common District!

As the aviation industry continues to soar to new heights, PIA's Myrtle Beach campus remains a cornerstone of education and innovation. By nurturing a new generation of aviation professionals, PIA is not only shaping careers but also contributing to the advancement of aviation as a whole.

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About Partnership Grand Strand
Partnership Grand Strand is a 501c3 foundation launched in 2022 by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to fund a five-year economic and community development initiative. Through investments from local businesses and partnerships with community organizations, the foundation leads and supports efforts related to four pillars of success: prosperity, talent, place and infrastructure. Through their focused endeavors, Partnership Grand Strand works to accelerate economic prosperity and enhance quality of life across Horry and Georgetown counties. 
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