The Pilot Shortage: Not gone, and surely not forgotten.

This week in On Aviation™ Digest, we are sharing some noteworthy stories and , giving some updates on the pilot shortage. From what schools are doing to help combat the pilot shortage, the FAA rejecting requests to reduce qualifying flight time for pilots, to U.S. lawmakers ‘concerns’ that airlines’ use of pandemic relief funds led to the pilot shortage, and more.

FAA rejects proposal to cut qualifying flight time in half for pilots

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The Federal Aviation Administration rejected a proposal by a major regional airline to cut in half the number of hours its pilots would need to obtain licenses, the agency said Monday, refusing to grant an exemption to safety rules with potentially far-reaching implications.  Republic Airways, which operates flights for major airline brands, filed a petition in April seeking to put its pilot school on equal footing with military aviation training. Former military pilots can earn a limited qualification to fly airliners with 750 hours of experience, compared to the 1,500 hours typically required of civilians.

By Ian Duncan | The Washington Post

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U.S. lawmakers ‘concerned’ airlines’ use of pandemic relief funds leading to pilot shortage

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Lawmakers want to know how airlines have spent billions of dollars in pandemic-related funds. Members of congress recently sent a letter to the treasury department expressing concerns that those funds have been used to encourage people to retire, leading to a pilot shortage that’s impacted flights across the country. Just last week, another wave of canceled flights left travelers stranded. Now, members of congress are raising serious questions about how government funding for the airlines is being used.

By Blair Miller | WFTV

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Commercial airlines struggle with increasing flight demand, lack of pilots

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Iowa airlines are finding it difficult to replace commercial pilots and struggling to meet the demand of flyers. As a national pilot shortage sweeps across the country, Iowa’s commercial airports are also searching for more aviators. Smaller, regional airports, like the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, decreased the number of flights it runs, limiting access to travel for local Iowans.Recently, American Airlines stopped its service in the Dubuque Regional Airport,  the only airline to service that airport. This means flyers will have to travel at least 70 miles to the…

By Alejandro Rojas | The Daily Iowan

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Wright State to offer flight training courses to students, hopes to combat pilot shortage

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IRBORN — A new partnership will allow students at Wright State University to make the sky their classroom. Students will be able to register for flight training classes offered by First Flight Aviation , the university announced. First Flight Innovation is a Federal Aviation Administration-approved flight school located at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport. Students will have access to all ground and flight training necessary to complete the required pilot ratings, according to a release.

By WHIO Staff

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