Flighty wrote:The authorities created the problem with the 1500 hour rule; that simple.
LPSHobby wrote:for some time yet we are reading here about the shortage of pilots in US for airlines, so i ask, what are the authorithies doing/thinking about to solve this problem? Any light in the end of the tunnel?
best wishes, Leonardo
UpNAWAy wrote:Economics, i.e. the market will fix it.
Varsity1 wrote:The 'shortage' is only at the regional level, which shouldn't even exist in the first place. Delta has 16,000 applications on file, with a lower interview rate than Harvard.
Hopefully the regionals go kaputt and we return to normal service types (737's and A320's) not thousands of 50 and 70 seat RJ's, which is completely stupid and unsustainable.
LPSHobby wrote:UpNAWAy wrote:Economics, i.e. the market will fix it.
are you being ironic?
flydude380 wrote:Reducing the 1,500 hour rule, I should hope!!
mikejepp wrote:Flighty wrote:The authorities created the problem with the 1500 hour rule; that simple.
Ha! Yeah, right.
Because spending a decade decimating the piloting profession with pilots making below $20,000/yr and horrible schedules/working conditions didn't have anything to do with it?
For quite some time, even without the 1500 hour requirement, you had to have more than 1500 hours to get hired at an airline (including regional).... Airlines took advantage of the flood of pilots out there, desperate for a job, and completely destroyed the profession. Finally word got out that it wasn't worth it to become a pilot anymore. Too much effort and cost for too little reward. It just isn't sustainable putting tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars to get a job where you qualify for food stamps.
And now the pilot supply is drying up because many individuals made wise choices and have chosen to go different paths with their lives.
777PHX wrote:If they continue paying second year regional FOs $60k/yr and second year major pilots six figures, the industry will correct itself in a hurry.
kiowa wrote:flydude380 wrote:Reducing the 1,500 hour rule, I should hope!!
yup, why would you want experience? We should probably do away with medical school for doctors too. That would lower the cost of medical care.
airtran737 wrote:As a regional driver I can say that there is not a shortage of qualified pilots, there is a shortage of airlines who are willing to pay us for our skill set. Many people left the profession during the lost decade, and are now combing back due to the higher wages, but more needs to be done. I am worth more than $40/hr. Pay us and we will show up.
CosmicCruiser wrote:there's more to it though there are many good posts here. I heard the chief pilot speak at a retiree's lunch last spring and one reason he noted was that being an airline pilot isn't cool anymore. This is caused by the overall problem that air travel isn't fun and one can list all the issues from the time you walk in the terminal. The military is trying to find a solution to their pilots leaving and very lucrative offers are being made to keep them.
as an aside I find it amusing that just before I retired there was all the fury and anger with the old guys staying until 65. there were many of heated arguments, and I'm being nice here, in the cockpit about not letting the junior guys progress up the ladder. The shortage started not long after.
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