The FAA is facing a looming workforce crisis. A wave of controllers hired after the 1981 strike is getting ready to retire, says FAA. “Some 18% of air traffic controllers are eligible to retire, and we will need around 1,000 new controllers per year for the next 10 years,” the agency says. The issue is even more acute for air safety inspectors, close to 50% of whom will be close to retirement in the next five years.

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