Running head: THE FUTURE OF PILOTS 1 The Future of Pilots [Student’s Name] [Institutional Affiliation]
THE FUTURE OF PILOTS 2 The Future of Pilots Bright Future for Pilots Although flying has been among man’s oldest dreams, many challenges have been faced by potential pilot candidates. Based on the economic challenges of the industry and the complexity brought about by automation, becoming a pilot becomes very involving but yet very promising. Perhaps the airline industry has more than any other been subjected to cyclic variations of the world markets. Some of the variations have been enormous and damaging for the industry, besides these crises a remarkable growth in the industry has also been noted. If there’s a bright side to the shortage of commercial pilots is that young professionals with a dream to fly airplanes can look to a promising future full of excitement and challenges. It has been the worry of aviation professionals because of the previous outbursts of furloughs, layoffs, benefit and wage and benefits cuts disturbing wide swaths of the industry (Koonce, 2002). With the forecasted global growth in aviation, the reduction in commercial pilot trainees is creating what can be seen as a looming shortage of pilots. Due to the FAA mandatory retirement age of 65, the US airline is predicted to have an upward surge of about 20,000 cockpit seats over the next seven years. Regional pilots who work for low wages will then have an opportunity to move to higher leagues and significant salaries (Evans, 2013). As a result, the college and school graduates will, therefore, have access to the right seats on commercial airplanes. A slight problem with this scenario is that not many bright-eyed students are choosing the cockpit career, despite many available jobs being promised. But for those who are ready to opt
THE FUTURE OF PILOTS 3 for that path, their future is very bright (Hodgkins, 2001). The crunch has already started to hit the regional airlines with many of them losing pilots to major carriers in large numbers and not being in a position to fill new pilot training classes. Due to lack of pilots, some regional airlines have had to park aircrafts, and this should be a concern to the aviation world.
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- Spring '16
- Delta Air Lines, Aviator, Commercial Pilots, Future of Pilots