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Pilot shortage is an airline fairy tale

Posted By rob On February 20, 2014 @ 8:47 am In Aviation,News,Recent Updates | Comments Disabled

Aviation_CockpitAirlines sell a commodity and buy from monopolies, i.e., the airports that provide landing rights. So it isn’t surprising they have such a tough time making money. Now they have another problem: There aren’t enough pilots and co-pilots willing to work for the low pay offered by regional carriers.

Airlines call this a “shortage” and blame a recent rule from the Federal Aviation Administration that mandates co-pilots have at least 1,500 hours of flying experience, up from 250. At the margin, the rule does reduce the number of people qualified to serve as a first officer on a plane, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage.

Read the complete story at Bloomberg News.


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