ACP050 – The Truth About The Pilot Shortage

by CarlValeri on March 7, 2014


CarlAndEric727In this episode we answer one question: What is the truth about the pilot shortage?

We Discuss:

  • Taking politics out of the pilot shortage equation.
  • The truth about low starting wages in aviation and why I feel that will not change.
  • Changing the name of the pilot shortage to a “limited supply of qualified pilots”.
  • Career progression and expectations.
  • Why over selling the pilot shortage will create dissatisfied pilots.
  • How regulations will increase the requirements to fly for a Par 121
  • How new regulations have produced this shortage.
  • Why you should be careful who you listen to.
  • Why the pilot shortage should not be driving your decision to become a pilot.

Listener Mail:

I just wanted to try to be the first to congratulate you on a podcast mile stone of your 50th episode.

I also wanted to let you know that I have taken the first step in my aviation career. I have 850 TotalTime, 150 Multi-engine time, and 150 instrument.I have just taken a job flying aerial survey flying the 206. Not quite up there with you yet but I think I’m now on the right track. I feel that we are lot a like I’m 34 starting my aviation career and If I remember correctly you were in your early to mid thirty’s as well.

Thanks again for your podcast and for it keeping me motivated. I have listened to the podcast from episode one. So you can also take credit for my new job in a small part. Thanks again for all your hard work and you should start looking for me in a cockpit near you.

Links Mentioned In This Podcast:

Eric Crump on Twitter : @SeeEricGo

Polk State College

Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots : US Government Accountability Office

As Communities Lose Air Service, Regional Airlines Decry Flight-Hour Threshold for Pilots

World needs pilots! Record growth leads to record need

How miserly airlines created their own pilot shortage

The new ATP certification test may cost up to $15,000. How will these high costs impact the pool of ATPs available to the airlines?

Union Says Lack Of Pay And Respect Leading To Pilot Shortage

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