Monthly Archives: September 2014

Turbulence Ahead: The Coming Pilot Shortage and How It Came to Be

There are few professions that command respect like that of an airline pilot. Maybe it’s the faux military uniform. Maybe it’s the clipped, modulated voice that asks you to fasten your seat belt, promising to rise above momentary turbulence. Maybe it’s because passengers want to have faith in the human being responsible for their lives from takeoff to touchdown. The people I was speaking to at Proteus Air Services—a civilian flight school in Santa Monica, California—were just like you’d expect: level-headed and focused. As part of another writing assignment, I was waiting …
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