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The South Texas International Airport increasing outreach and inspiring Edinburg students to pursue aviation careers

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 (EDINBURG, TEXAS) – The South Texas International Airport at Edinburg and the Airport Advisory board members are implementing initiatives that would contribute to the community. The outreach initiatives would help in fostering partnerships with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (ECISD), Edinburg Police Department and neighboring municipalities, among other local, regional and state agencies.

The hope is that through these outreach initiatives the airport brings awareness to the community and region and in the early-stages of their partnership with ECISD, they are able to motivate Edinburg students to pursue a career in aviation.

“We can guide and help the school district to apply to various grants and scholarships,” Debora Pinto, airport manager said.

“There is money for funding there and it would be great to inspire our students to become interested in careers as pilots.”

Currently, Pinto said, there is a pilot shortage expected to affect the future of air travel.  Women pilots, for example, represent only 6% of the total population. The airport and city alike, hope to provide more hands-on experiences to our Edinburg students and hoping to branch out to other school districts.

The airport is currently home to a variety of aviators from private to corporate, military and law enforcement. To learn more about the airport, visit our website

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Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, Department of Public Safety and Edinburg Police Department utilize the airport often for training purposes. (Debora Pinto)

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Local government agencies make use of the South Texas International Airport's closed runway and are working with the airport to find more ways of making use of the facility. (Debora Pinto 

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 Recently, Edinburg CISD, staff and leaders toured the airport. Airport manager, Debora Pinto, hopes to begin offering programs to Edinburg students in hopes of them pursuing a career in aviation.