Pilot Shortage Beginning to Show?


Article by Terry Maxon in today’s Dallas News shows that Republic Airways is planning on parking 27 Embrarer regional jets due to a lack of qualified pilots.  The company states,

Due to the significant reduction in qualified pilots who meet the congressionally mandated 1,500 hour pilot experience rule and the Company’s rigorous qualification standards, the Company is no longer seeking extensions for 27 of the 41 ERJ aircraft.

Experts have been forecasting for years that the need for qualified pilots will not be met resulting in serious consequences for commercial air travel.

The entire article can be read here.