Airline Pilots Union Offers Plan to Address Pilot Shortage

By Paul Riegler on 12 September 2018
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Captain Tom Spratt at the controls on the final United 747 flight

Captain Tom Spratt at the controls on the final United 747 flight

The Air Line Pilots Association promulgated a list of what it called policy solutions that would address the current shortage of pilots in the United States.

In a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, the union said it wants to inspire young people to become pilots and help maintain air service to small rural communities.

“With the right policies, the U.S. government can help inspire young people to become airline pilots while making certain that air transportation in this country remains the safest in the world,” said the union’s president. Captain Tim Canoll.

The list of potential solutions includes making it easier for veterans to become pilots; encouraging more women to become pilots; and making it more affordable to study to become a pilot.

With a membership of over 60,000 individuals, the Air Line Pilots Association is the world’s largest pilots union. It represents pilots at 34 airlines including those at Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and WestJet.

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