Regional airlines in the U.S., which feed the majors passengers, will soon be feeding them nearly all their pilots. The majors are projected to need more than 50,000 pilots during the next 12 years, more than twice the 20,000 they now employ. While some see signs that the attrition at regional airlines is leveling off (AW&ST July 30, p. 44), consider these facts: Smaller feeder airlines are reducing the minimum qualifications for new pilots and some have started to raid other ...


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