As increases in air traffic fuel pilot shortage worries among carriers, an eastern North Carolina community has a plan to beef up the state’s pool of aviators.

Sandhills Community College is a 4,000-student institution in Pinehurst, a town known for its golf resorts. If local officials have their way, however, Pinehurst could be known for its pilots, thanks to a brewing partnership between the college and the local airport authority.

Already, Moore County Airport, a general aviation campus with…