Airlines Rush to Train Pilots after Pandemic-Caused Shortage

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As the shortage of commercial pilots reach a critical level, one regional carrier is offering triple pay for pilots who pick up trips, while other airlines have been cutting back on service.

Airline companies are currently scrambling to train pilots to fill the gap.

American Airlines welcomed new pilots to its class on the first day. They were drawn from all walks, including those with degrees in teaching golf, real estate, and teaching.

To combat chaos at airports throughout the country, airlines are on a hiring spree. Many people died in the COVID-19 epidemic, and no new pilots were ever trained for two years.

Some airlines have tripled the pay in an effort to increase their ranks. Pilots earn an average of $93,000.

“We’re recruiting all across the board. We’re recruiting from colleges. We’re recruiting through our cadet program, where we subsidize young pilots’ training. We’re recruiting through a military helicopter transition program. We even have recruited a crop duster,”Inside Edition: Michael Herrman from Piedmont Airlines. 

American Airlines has a subsidiary called Piedmont Airlines. They are producing 40 new pilots each month. 

Many of the newbies have traditional backgrounds such as flight instructing. 

Recruits must have already logged 1,500 hours of flight time and then go through five weeks of classroom instruction, along with 40 hours in a simulator.