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Airlines see 30 year olds as captains....

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Airline executives, concerned about an imminent world shortage of pilots, are taking steps that will place younger and less experienced fliers in command of airliners (www.nytimes.com) More...

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WtfWtf
WtfWtf 1
Lol 24000 a year for a FE in 1989 with a fraction of the training costs. Now 125k+ train and 23k a year for a FO after 3 years at another crap Job making under 20k. In 1989 24k would be a little more than 50 now. Shortage ?
benin
benin 1
Northwest airlines....hmmmm.

Is a 30 year old captain really a cause for concern. Hours arn't exactly perfect either. I could have flown 750 hours, but still be a really bad pilot, or only have 10 hours but be a natural and pull off landings that make a captain proud. it's not age or experience that counts, it's skill. (Granted skill is partially developed from age and experience)
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, apparently the shortage reasons haven't changed from when this article printed in 1989. Rules have been amended to allow ATP rating/working until 65. Personally, I made Captain at 32 after starting 10 years earlier as FE on a 707 and turned out pretty decent, if I do say so myself. Ain't nothing wrong with a younger man at the controls if he knows what he is doing. One has to remember that every multi thousand hour pilot out there had to start somewhere
Pileits
Pileits -1
This entire article is hog wash really. Yellow journalism in my view.
FlyingSubaru84
oliver lebot 4
haha check out the print date, waaaaaaaay back in 1989........
WithnailANDi
WithnailANDi 1
Which means we don't have to worry because those pilots are actually 55! 8-)

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