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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.