frmrCapCadet wrote:Part of an extended market failure. We need for isolated and rural areas to have modern timely affordable transportation available. Those fly-over dimly lighted areas are that way for a reason. Regulations and costs of training and lousy entry work life for pilots. Regulations limiting one pilot operations, the dynamics of ultra efficiency pricing aviation out of all but metropolitan areas. That 1500 hour rule is just one of the absurdities that has resulted in the majority of counties in the US losing population. You don't want to get me started on the other major market failure - medical care. Another poster and I have toyed with the idea of what might be done with aviation. And actually there is a connection between the aviation and medical market failures for rural and isolated communities.
I don't think the 1500 hour rule is causing counties to loose population. Lots of the younger people are leaving the rural areas because they dream about a car free lifestyle, walking everywhere, multiple off shops, healthcare close by, etc. That is a generational thing not the 1500 hour pilot rules.
I have family that live in a rural areas (around 5,000 in the county) to those that live in 5 million plus metro areas. Medical care is not as available for a lot of things unfortunately in the smaller areas.
EAS is broke in the current form and needs to be re thought. I think most of the smaller markets should be ran by a smaller carrier, such as like Cape Air and the Tecnam P2012 Traveller. There needs to be a limit on the max payout per flight (not what Skywest is getting for jets to run for 5 or 10 people per day). The flights need to run from the airports to one of the 10 or so large hubs, operate without TSA (money savings verse risk), arrive at a non secure location at the hub airport, clear TSA at this location and continue on to the next flight.
Part of this require all the major airlines at the hub airport to interline (tie it to no government contracts if they don't) Let the major airlines operate at those airports that can operate without a subsidy.