If you just read the headlines, you might be worried about an impending U.S. pilot shortage. With high numbers of pilots leaving the industry just as new government legislation is requiring more pilot experience, it certainly sounds like a problem.
However, it’s not just numbers. It’s also politics. The current report could just be scare tactics designed to encourage the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to weaken the pilot experience legislation. And this could have the biggest impact on passenger safety for regional carriers.
Peter joined Charlie Rose, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, and Norah O’Donnell on set at CBS This Morning to see if the pilot shortage could impact U.S. travel or it it’s just industry politics. Watch their analysis to see why pilot experience matters.
For more history on the potential shortage, check out these recent reports:
- American Airlines vs the Pilots: What’s Really Going-On
- Ask a Pilot Patrick Smith on JetBlue Pilot Clayton Osbon and Pilot Mental Health
- New Law Boosts Pilot Training and Airline Accountability