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Pilots are still in short supply. What are airlines doing about it?

Jul 5, 2023
After encouraging early retirement during the pandemic, the industry finds it has a pipeline problem.
Carriers are setting up training academies for future pilots and working to make the job more appealing with better salaries and benefits.
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Finding enough airline pilots to hire after the pandemic might be tough

Apr 2, 2021
It’s not easy or affordable to become a pilot, so it's often out of reach for low-income students.
The number of pilots needed for the expected air travel boom may not be available.
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How an Atlanta airport is using drones to help with runway maintenance

May 31, 2017
Normally airports send out teams on foot to assess wear and tear on runways, work that drones can finish in half the time.
Jim Duguay and Katie Eleam pilot a drone over runway 27R at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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Is Spirit Airlines' business model to blame for the near riot over cancellations?

May 12, 2017
Spirit Airlines is in the spotlight this week after cancelled flights led to a near riot at its hub in Fort Lauderdale. The discount airline blamed “unlawful labor activity” by the pilots during contract negotiations, with their refusal to work some flights causing hundreds of cancellations. The union has denied the accusation but says its […]

Pilot shortage grounds flights at regional airports

Dec 19, 2014
New federal standard to earn commercial pilot's license closes off pipeline of new pilots.

Snowstorm, pilot's rule change pack 1-2 punch

Jan 3, 2014
Airlines and airline pilots are facing a major rule change this weekend that may impact flight delays and scheduling.