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Briefing May 2014 Issue

Briefing: May 2014

Report: Mixed View On Pilot Shortage

A report by the federal Government Accountability Office found that regional airlines, but not yet the major airlines, are having trouble finding qualified pilots, for a variety of potentially complex reasons. The analysis found that there may be enough trained pilots to fill the expected job openings over the next decade, but many of them may either find jobs abroad or work in other industries where the pay is much higher. The GAO surveyed 12 regional airlines, and 11 of them said they failed to reach their recruitment goals last year. The report recommends that airlines might consider training their own pilots and improve wages, benefits and working conditions to attract qualified applicants.

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