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Airlines need more pilots.

Airlines are ‘desperate’ for new pilots, and the shortage is contributing to canceled routes that are taking a toll on smaller cities

Airlines are facing an increasing pilot shortage. That's largely because fewer young people are interested in the industry and training requirements have changed. As a result, some smaller carriers have had to cancel flights and routes, leading smaller cities to lose many travel options.
Capt. Michael Slotten climbs into an F-35 Lighting II at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, July 7, 2017.

The Air Force says it’s making progress on fixing its pilots shortage, but some units are still taking ‘a leap into the unknown’

The Air Force has struggled with getting enough student pilots through the long training pipeline. First it was the lack of instructor pilots, and then complicated by a month long stand-down on training aircraft after frightening incidents that deprived fliers of oxygen.
Air Force fighter pilots walk to the flight line at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, September 26, 2014.

The Air Force wants up to 1,000 retired pilots and airmen to come back to fix its manpower crisis

The Air Force introduced a program last year to allow retired pilots to return to active duty. The service's pilot shortage has only grown worse, and the force is now expanding that program.
Capt. Michael Slotten, a 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 student pilot, climbs into an F-35 Lighting II at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, July 7, 2017.

The US Air Force is short more than one-quarter of the fighter pilots it needs, according to a government report

The shortage has grown considerably in recent years, according to the GAO.

The Air Force is throwing cold water on suggestions it would train enlisted airmen to be pilots

After a new program was interpreted as a potential pathway for enlisted airmen to become pilots, the Air Force is reiterating that it's just for training.
Maj. Tyler Ellison, a Thunderbirds pilot, administers the oath of enlistment to enlist Florida's newest airmen during the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in and Expo Air Show at Lakeland, Florida, April, 25, 2015.

The Air Force is considering a step it has long avoided to ease its deepening pilot shortage

A new pilot-training program will provide data on "the potential for enlisted members to train to fly modern combat aircraft," an Air Force officer said.
An aircraft maintainer on the flight line in front of a snow-covered C-5M Super Galaxy at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, January 6, 2015.

An overlooked part of the Air Force’s personnel problem is going to take years to fix

Alongside its pilot shortage, the Air Force has been working to reduce its shortage of aircraft maintainers, who keep fighters, bombers, and tankers in the air.

‘We’re burning out our people’: The Air Force says its pilot shortage is getting worse

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the biggest reason for the shortfall "is that we are too small for all the missions we are being asked to carry out."
Lt. Col. Todd Houchins, 53rd Test Support Squadron commander, signals before the final takeoff at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 24, 2015.

The Air Force wants to add more National Guard and Reserve personnel to ease its pilot shortage

The Air Force is looking to bring more National Guard and and Reserve pilots to active duty in order to ease the service's pilot shortage.

The Air Force now has the power to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots to address its personnel crisis

An amended executive order expands the Defense Department's ability to call retired pilots back to duty.