Only three months ago 10 of the 12 major passenger airlines were hiring flight crew. Now, pilot hiring has come to a screeching halt with the latest spike in fuel prices, the impact of the age 65 retirement rule and talk of a recession, notes Lou Smith, president of, a career service for professional pilots. Recruiter attendance at’s most recent pilot career conference, held in Las Vegas May 16, dropped more than 50%. The buzz on the street is to expect more furloughs ...


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