Pilot shortage as demand exceeds supply

Pilot shortage as demand exceeds supply.

Bloomberg article on airline industry and demand for pilots:

According to Bloomberg’s

“After coping with terrorism, bankruptcies, and consolidation, the largest U.S. airlines are facing a new problem: They may start running out of pilots in as soon as three years.

That looming pilot deficit will soar to 15,000 by 2026, according to a study by the University of North Dakota’s Aviation Department, as more captains reach the mandatory retirement age of 65 and fewer young people choose commercial aviation as a profession. And that’s in an industry where captains on the most prominent international jets average more than $200,000 a year — with some pushing $300,000.”

  • The study shows a deficit of 15,000 by 2026 as fewer choose career
  • Regional carriers already reeling from aviator shortage

More recent CNN article Airline Pilot shortage: “The US is facing a serious shortage of airline pilots.” Points out that, “The US major airlines are not yet directly experiencing the pilot shortage. But smaller regional airlines are experiencing this firsthand. Their schedules have been reduced and some, such as Republic, have been forced into bankruptcy as a result of inadequate staffing.”

The US is facing a serious shortage of airline pilots

From our point of view, VT AAA Flight school, the regional carriers are stepping up recruiting because they’re feeling the shortage. We’ve seen more activity on their social media events pages. We’ve also witnessed a large number of incentives such as sign-on bonuses and per diem plus training pay going up for first officers and even while you get your ATP. It all points to more demand than supply at the regionals.

Currently, VT AAA has regional airline bridge program alliances for our students and flight instructors!

  • ExpressJet
  • Republic
  • Sky West
  • Trans State
  • Compass
  • Go Jet
  • Ameriflight
  • Seaborne
  • Kallita air

To learn more about each of the bridge program alliances check out this short video and then call us to ask more questions.

Bridge agreements


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