After coping with terrorism, bankruptcies and consolidation, the largest U.S. airlines are facing a new problem: They may start running out of pilots in as soon as three years.That looming pilot deficit will soar to 15,000 by 2026, according to a study by the University of North Dakota’s Aviation Department…Read More

With more than 30,000 airline captains rapidly approaching the mandatory retirement age of 65, and with an insufficient pool of young pilots lurking around ready to replace them, the largest U.S. airlines will start feeling the shortage in as little as three years, Bloomberg News reported this week, citing a study by the…Read More

Today, it is more expensive than ever to train for a career as an airline pilot. At the same time, major airlines are about to be hit with a flood of pilot retirements as pilots reach the federally mandated retirement age of 65. To make matters worse, starting pay at regional airlines — where most new pilots break into the…Read More

The shortage of qualified pilot candidates continues to be a concern for the airlines. It’s already caused one regional airline, Republic Airways, to file for bankruptcy this past February. Republic Airways CEO Bryan Bedford said their filing was “…loss of revenue during the past several quarters associated with grounding aircraft…Read More

It’s been seven years since Adam Niewood’s father, a professional musician, was killed in an airplane crash. But Niewood is still wracked with guilt. The night before the flight, his father asked him if he wanted to drive together instead. Niewood declined…Read More


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