The Current Pilot Shortage
As we enter 2015, the shortage of trained and qualified commercial pilots continues to increase. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 11 out of 12 regional airlines have fallen short of their hiring targets during the past year. It's estimated that airlines in the United States are going to need to hire as many as 4,500 pilots per year throughout the next decade in order to keep up with the demand. BusinessWeek has noted this mark even higher and expects that our nation's airlines will need as many as 6,000 pilots per year to keep up with the shortage, considering the FAA's increased rest time standards.