Aviation business moving to Bastrop

Flying Tiger Aviation, which trains pilots for work in the agricultural industry, announced Monday it is relocating its operations from Rayville to Bastrop, a move that will create 21 new jobs.

The new jobs will have an average salary of $61,000 a year, plus benefits, officials with the Louisiana economic development department said. Flying Tiger will retain 14 existing jobs.

As part of the move, the company will spend $847,000 to build hangars and expand the tarmac at Morehouse Memorial Airport in Bastrop. Work on the airport is set to begin in November and Flying Tiger should begin to move its business to the airport in March. Once completed, the business will partner with Louisiana Delta Community College to establish the Louisiana Aerial Application Center of Excellence, which will offer instructional courses for pilots to aid the agriculture and oil and gas industry.

Flying Tiger, which was founded in 1998, is one of two major agricultural flying schools in the nation. The school trains pilots to spray row crops and forests, along with other applications, such as how to control fires.