FAA officials, acutely aware of a potential pilot shortage looming in the next several years, have been quietly developing a “U.S. Aviation Academy” concept involving a private/public partnership to encourage new student pilots and help offset the costs. Flight Standards Director John Allen is among those spearheading the effort, which has been in the discussion stage but is starting to crystallize, says John Duncan, who was recently appointed deputy director of Flight Standards. Duncan ...

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