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Schools youth to solve pilots shortage

Experience counts a lot today, but titles open up fast track

Many air carriers are currently using economic bonuses and high salaries as a mechanism to secure pilots and thus boost operations in the face of stiff competition. Several carriers, for example, have started development programs to expedite the process of finding qualified candidates, who are recruited directly from flight schools. Some of these receive job offers as soon as they finish their studies and then complete their training in-house.

So much hiring by companies, however, is a double-edged sword for flight schools: they have a lot of kids coming in looking for training, but they may not have enough flight instructors to meet the demand. Increased customer load management also pushes schools to increase hiring.

In any case, flight school owners take advantages from the demand for training: they look for students who agree to work at the flight school for at least a year before heading to airlines. Once they become instructors, they follow accelerated programs to earn advanced certificates, while accumulating flight hours at the schools and sending resumes to the companies. 

A mechanism has now been created: unlike past years, not having a college degree no longer precludes a young person from joining an airline. Today, air carriers are more focused on the applicant's level of flight experience, rather than academic background. However, attending an aviation-qualified college still puts aspiring pilots on a fast track.

On the same topic, see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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