Potential pilot shortage means opportunity for students

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  • Ldgregg Seattle, WA
    Oct. 12, 2015 2:43 p.m.

    The ones that make it through college and flight training are not necessarily going to be great. What they certainly will be is broke and underwater in their investment for a long time. THIS is why the number of pilots coming up is declining - there are also declining numbers of military pilots flying today. Most military pilots are now flying drones and that doesn't translate into a commercial rating.

    Airlines are going to have to get creative before they experience a crisis. They need to look at more comprehensive training programs, funding young pilot training or paying higher wages, and apprentice programs (like some Asian airlines do with cruise pilot programs). Otherwise, the ones who make it to regionals will be in the same boat as the Colgan Air pilots - sleeping on parents sofas and airports and exhausted. Just who you'd want flying your plane.

  • Utah Keith Roy, UT
    Sept. 21, 2015 10:50 p.m.

    Fact is its a joke, like the "Truck Driver Shortage" Run a 23 year old kid through a two week crash course in driving a 80,000 lb. deadly weapon and put him with a trainer for a month and then stick him all alone in a 60 foot long 13'6" high piece of artillery to charge down the road and hurt, maim or kill people! It's a joke! I used to train these people, and I for one didn't use them to make "extra money" like many so called "trainers" do. I LOST money because I made sure they were safe courteous drivers when they left my care! It's the same with these Flight Schools, they take their money, teach them how to get a license then they are guaranteed a job through a recruiter before they graduate, next thing you know they are inexperienced and flying 30 to 50 passenger planes and they don't really have a clue, hope they don't have a problem not in a lesson book they probably were told has nothing to do with flying once they have their license! This is how it works folks, at least in the real world!!!

  • RSL* Why, AZ
    Sept. 21, 2015 12:59 p.m.

    The only good option is going through the military for flight training. Just the same way doctors use the military for paying for med school.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    Sept. 21, 2015 12:39 p.m.

    One thing this article leaves out is the amount of hours a potential pilot accrues coming out of their college course. At $100 per hour of flight, accumulating 1,500 hours of flying experience dwarfs the cost of the degree. Most successful applicants, even at the regionals end up going through some kind of career with a non-passenger operation.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 21, 2015 7:00 a.m.

    Wow, $25 grand to start...after $100 grand of college debt.
    Nothing wrong with that business model. /sarc off

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 21, 2015 5:17 a.m.

    Best job in the world, huh Mr. Green? Always comforting to know that the guy flying your plane from Salt Lake to St. George is probably exhausted from having to work a night shift at Maverick to feed his kids. This is---in a word---"insanity".

  • msl man Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 21, 2015 3:33 a.m.

    What a block buster lie again. This ruse is to get students to enroll in more schools to fund education for jobs they cannot possibly apply for or get. Every time industry plants one of these notices with the media they always follow it up with fake opportunities and lies for the benefit of specialized schools.

    They young better do some qualification investing before they let themselves get saddle with more education costs for jobs they can't get. You cant' get jobs as pilot without decades and thousands of hours of experience. The FAA regulates and test every pilot for every airline and the government is throwing out fake opportunities to fund specialized education on the backs of student debts.

    Drug convictions and drug use autocratically disqualify every one who fails drug testing or previous users. Even Marijuana disqualifies anyone from piloting passenger and commercial shipping planes. The opportunity for students or anyone under the age of 35 is zero.