Airlines scramble to find enough qualified pilots

Five years ago, Louis Smith’s organization would put on job fairs for airline pilots and have plenty of pilots but few airlines. Now his job fairs attract plenty of airlines but need more pilots. It’s an indication of how the airline industry has turned around over the past five years. It also underlines the growing difficulty in getting enough pilots to staff the nation’s airline cockpits. That’s true “especially in the regional sector,” Smith said Wednesday. “That’s what changed dramatically.” His group, FAPA.aero (Future and Active Pilots Advisors), is holding …
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Drone pilot wanted: Starting salary $100,000

Big companies, such as Amazon and Facebook, are looking for pilots who fly drones and engineers with experience in building the unmanned aircraft. And they are willing to pay top dollar for the right stuff. Federal regulations currently prohibit the use of drones for commercial purposes. But all that will change soon, with the Federal Aviation Administration expected to soften rules next year to allow certain light-weight drones to make commercial flights up to 400 feet. Enter drone industry jobs. As many as 100,000 new jobs will be created in …
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Pilot killed in plane crash was flying experimental aircraft

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New details about Monday’s plane crash show that Tyler Francis was flying an experimental aircraft. Mike Pierce is an aviation lawyer and certified flight instructor.  On Tuesday, he told KFOX14 that Francis was flying a newly acquired VAN’s RV3 when he crashed. Pierce said even though it’s an experimental airplane, it’s also one of the more stable models. The Federal Aviation Administration says experimental planes may be assembled using a kit without supervision and quality control. Pierce said, “This is not something that someone created from …
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Pilot Contract Talks in 2015 to Come Amid Robust Airline Profits

With U.S. airlines awash in cash these days, one of the big questions in the industry has become how much of that wealth will pilots seek next year when contracts at several carriers come up for renegotiation. Contracts at four large airlines—Delta Air Lines (DAL), Hawaiian (HA), Spirit (SAVE), and Jazz Aviation, a regional operator for Air Canada—are up for talks in 2015, covering nearly 15,000 pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, the largest pilots union in North America. JetBlue Airways’ (JBLU) 2,500 pilots are also hoping to …
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