The Government Accountability Office report on pilot work force, stated the biggest cause for the current shortage was low pay rates. As my article stated yesterday the approximate 24,000 dollar a year jobs are simply not drawing pilots. The numbers I came up with were within $1,000 a year of the range the GAO used.
I have been writing of the pending shortage for years, as well as pilot free agency; it has now reached critical mass. Free agency as well as the “available pilot pool” will be addressed in a future article. Suffice it to say, I don’t think there s a group of pilots out there; more next week.
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