PILOT SHORTAGE: PUTTING PROGRESS IN MOTION
The effects of the pilot shortage continue to be felt across the nation. We sat down with Dion Flannery, CEO & President of PSA Airlines, and Chairman of the Regional Airline Association, to get his take on what’s being done, and the progress that needs to be made in order to help relieve the current situation.
As the public continues to be affected by the current circumstances in the aviation world, airlines, MROs, and governing bodies are all continuing to work together behind the scenes to find short- and long-term solutions to the pilot shortage that’s being felt nationwide. Having regional aircraft parked poses a problem for the passengers who depend on them, as well as everyone involved in the industry whose livelihoods are also directly affected.
In a recent interview, Dion Flannery discussed the realities everyone continues to face until concrete changes are implemented:
Three biggest barriers that still stand when it comes to recruiting new pilots are the cost of training, the minimum 1,500 flight-hours requirement, and the legal age of retirement. Much discussion has been had over how the government can quickly step in to help subsidize the high cost of flight school, recognize quality flight-hours training over quantity, as well as how they can adjust the required retirement age—all while ensuring the highest training and safety standards at every level:
MHIRJ remains at the forefront of lobbying for effective changes.