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In the not too distant future, Treasure Coast International Airport will receive more than $11 million in investments for two significant projects – the expansion of Aviator College, and construction of a massive hangar for maintenance and repair.

And that doesn’t even count the recently re-opened U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility for the Trusted Traveler/Global Entry program. In the few months the facility has been re-opened, more than 500 people have filed applications in hopes of being marked as a “trusted traveler.”

Having such a designation allows travelers to clear Customs faster, without going through slow processing lines.

Located at 2990 Curtis King Blvd., the airport’s Customs facility underwent a $2.1 million renovation with substantial upgrades to enhance customer service and security.

Aviator College recently announced its plans to expand its operations at the airport, to the tune of nearly $4 million.

The aviation industry suspects there will be a shortage of pilots and maintenance technicians in the coming years, according to Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology president Michael Cohen. “We plan to do our part to meet those needs,” he said in a prepared statement about the planned expansion.

Aviator’s plans call for expanding its existing academic building by another 5,000 square feet, bringing the building to nearly 30,000 square feet. The building houses classrooms, a flight simulator, a learning resources center, an FAA testing center, a library, a pilot shop, a bookstore and administrative offices.