Is pilot shortage only a modern myth?

Given the number of training centres across the globe actively preparing the new generation of future aviators, pilot shortage seems to be a very controversial matter.

On the one hand, looking from the perspective of the institutions specialising in training aviation professionals, pilot shortage does exist. For example, at the beginning of this summer Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, was forced to cancel over 300 flights due to the lack of pilots. On the other hand, aviation experts see this matter as a scarcity of working experience rather than the lack of human resources.

According to the captains, aviation training centres make a lot of effort to satisfy airlines with a sufficient number of highly-qualified professionals; however, in order to become an experienced captain, a pilot needs a lot of practice.

Currently the industry faces the problem of pilots with unrivalled expertise going grey.

Luring of top pilots is a standard practice that airlines and pilots cannot avoid, aviation experts confidently state. Therefore, there is only one requirement that an airline should fulfil to make a pilot accept a job offer: meet the pilot’s expectations by making their working conditions much better. If airlines’ salaries are more or less the same, a pilot should have extremely serious reasons and see radical differences in the conditions offered to change the airline the one works for.

Apart from money, one of the most attractive conditions is a possibility to live with the family or an opportunity to regularly meet them. And pilots pay attention to such features as the size of an aircraft they are expected to fly, as it is a well-known fact that most of pilots dream about big airliners. Moreover, aviators might be influenced by all the additional perks the airline is able to offer.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Minh Pham