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GAO Report on pilot shortage verifies it is tied to low wages

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

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PILOT SHORTAGE: why you can NOT trust data in the press

I recently read an article lambasting a Wall Street Journal article by Ashely Rowe of Wanted Analytics. The data is so flawed, the conclusions are fantasy. The Wall Street Journal article written by Jack Nicas and Susan Carey was spot

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Why the Pilot Shortage is here and now

A Pilot Shortage is here and now, this picture illustrates why. The Greyhound Ad looking for drivers provides not only proof but irony. In the advertisement the printed starting hourly wage for a Bus Driver is $21 an hour. Most

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Aviation Week Viewpoint; flawed analysis

The below aviation Week article seems written in defense of the MPL program European carriers are now utilizing. It’s analysis in my opinion is dangerously flawed and contradictory. First it is framed in the view of a single seat fighter

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Experience vs. Intense Training (MPL)

On 15 August 1983, a 24 year old with a mere 165 hours of total flight time, landed a twin engine jet on an aircraft carrier solo. A super natural pilot? Nope, an average jet SNA (Student Naval Aviator). That

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The Pilot Shortage, Visual Approaches and Mc-Pilots

Do you want fries with that visual approach? The International Air Transportation Association (IATA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have opposing solutions to address the problem of a world wide pilot shortage. After a rash of “pilot error” accidents

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Pilot Shortage

As my readers know I have been writing about a looming pilot shortage for years. The world economic downturn, age 65, industry consolidation and gutted airline pilot contracts; have all slowed the pace. Two things are now evident: first, retirements

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Air India crew turns cockpit over to Flight Attendants to take a nap in first class

This is what happens when you dumb down the profession; it will get worse with pilot shortage. All I can say is, Wow! chip Pilots sleep as flight attendant turns off autopilot on Bangkok-Delhi flight MUMBAI: Two Air India pilots

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A better solution to the coming pilot shortage

My last post detailed a pilot recruitment program that to me is indentured servitude. Skywest Airlines has put in place a much better program. Contrast the two and then ask your self which program would you go with? Which program

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Is Indentured Servitude the answer to the world wide pilot shortage?

Apparently some operators believe it is. Take Rex Air in Australia for example: 5K up front and nonrefundable will get you a 100k loan (25K you will pay separately) an Australian commercial/instrument rating and a job as a pilot in

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