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 […]

Commercial Airline Pilot Shortage

A study was conducted by the University of North Dakota that predicted a deficit of more than 35,000 commercial airline pilots by 2031. You can partly attribute their shortage forecast to lower starting salaries, higher education costs, and higher flight time requirements that will reduce the amount of people interested in becoming a commercial airline pilot. The Regional Airline Association, says regional airlines across the country have cause for concern about the pending commercial airline pilot shortage. Commercial Airline Pilot Flight Experience Requirement Why does a commercial airline pilot require more flight time experience in order to be hired now? The Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act went into effect […]