Pilot Shortage Given my 38 years of flying for major carriers, I would like to weigh in on the pilot shortage discussion in a recent Feedback (Dec. 24, 2018-Jan. 13, 2019, p. 6). A college degree does not make a person a better officer or pilot—skill and decision-making abilities do. As a stark illustration, my 21-year-old son earns $140,000 plus a signing bonus of $70,000 in Amazon stock—without a costly degree, whereas a commuter pilot starts out at $22,000 per ...

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