In previous articles, we have discussed the pilot shortage at length. We wrote about what we believe to be the true causes of the pilot shortage – contrary to what the mainstream believes – and discussed some ramifications for the aviation industry, present and into the future.
For more reading on this, see also: ‘The Pilot Shortage – A Challenge for Airlines, Possible Boom for Flight Schools.’, ‘The Pilot Shortage – Getting “Help” From The FAA…’, and ‘The Pilot Shortage – The Real “Culprits”…’.
In this week’s digest, we will share some articles and stories related to some of the negative effects of the pilot shortage. It is clear that our elected officials are concerned about the pilot shortage and want something to be done. However, many believe that having the government getting involved might pose a greater challenge for the airlines, and by extension, the aviation industry.
American Airlines looks to bolster its pilot ranks with new regional carrier
Fort Worth-based American Airlines is going after the regional airlines that once flew for competitors to bolster its depleted feeder carrier ranks. American said this week that it will start using Air Wisconsin as a regional airline when that company’s contract with United Airlines runs out in March 2023. Air Wisconsin operates a fleet of 60 Bombardier CRJ200 jets.
By Kyle Arnold | The Dallas Morning News
Airline staffing crisis raises concerns about pilot fatigue
A new report that two airline pilots fell asleep mid-flight and missed the plane’s landing has given the public a rare glimpse at life behind the cockpit doors in the era of COVID-19. A pair of Ethiopian Airlines pilots were napping simultaneously when they were supposed to be landing the plane, according to industry news site Aviation Herald. They woke up once the autopilot disengaged and set off an alarm.
By Megan Cerullo | CBS News
Pilot shortage blamed as American Airlines ends flights between Flint and Charlotte
FLINT, MI — A pilot shortage that’s been blamed for widespread flight delays and cancellations this year is hitting close to home. American Airlines says it will end its flights between Flint Bishop Airport and Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 7 and said the reason for the decision is directly tied to “regional pilot staffing challenges.”
By The Flint Journal
Airlines warned to shape up after nightmare summer travel season or face new rules
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has warned airlines that his department could draft new rules around passenger rights if the carriers don’t give more help to travelers trapped by flight cancellations and delays. Buttigieg is asking airline CEOs to, at a minimum, provide lodging for passengers stranded overnight at an airport and give out meal vouchers for delays of three hours or longer when the disruption is caused by something in the airline’s control.
By David Koenig | AP
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