Jul 30, 2014
Some aviation experts say there is a looming pilot shortage and that could cause ticket prices to soar for passengers.
Walking around the EAA grounds during AirVenture, you might not realize there’s an impending pilot shortage.
“The Government Accountability Office is forecasting about 18,000 pilots are going to be retiring from the major airlines in the next ten years or so,” said Fox Valley Technical College’s lead instructor of aeronautics pilot training Jared Huss.
Coupled with that, the federal government estimates a demand of 4,500 airline pilots a year, but current training programs can only train about 2,500 to 3,000 new pilots a year.