I won’t endure TSA body gropes and the rudeness of government apes, but for those who have no choice, you’re about to run out of pilots.
Federal mandates taking effect next summer will require all newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of prior flight experience—six times the current minimum—raising the cost and time to train new fliers in an era when pay cuts and more-demanding schedules already have made the profession less attractive. Meanwhile, thousands of senior pilots at major airlines soon will start hitting the mandatory retirement age of 65.
Congress’s 2010 vote to require 1,500 hours of experience in August 2013 came in the wake of several regional-airline accidents, although none had been due to pilots having fewer than 1,500 hours.
Regional carriers now are racing to make sure their pilots have 1,500 hours by next summer, while also trying to bolster their ranks. But prospects with close to the required number of hours aren’t numerous. “These people just don’t exist,” said Mr. Garton of American Eagle.
You’ll soon find no pilots available to fly you into regional airports but don’t worry, Congress has thought of that too, and has refused the FAA permission to shut any down, even at night. In fact, not only can’t they be shut down, no matter how little used, our representatives just mandated a doubling of the number of controllers at each one, 24 hours a day.
These are the people regressives say will solve health care and balance our budget.