Regional Commercial Airline Pilot Shortage

Regional airlines are experiencing a commercial airline pilot shortage. The newly effective Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act makes it illegal to be a commercial airline pilot with less than 1500 hours of flight experience. As a result, regional airlines are finding it difficult to hire and retain pilots. A commercial airline pilot used to be able to fly with only 250 hours of flight time under their captain’s cap. It’s not only making it increasingly difficult to find qualified pilots, but airlines have had to release pilots who hadn’t yet built up that much flying experience. The FAA requirements and layoffs caused an instant commercial airline pilot shortage across […]