U.S. Airlines And A Shortage Of Pilots

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Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user Dan Nguyen

U.S. Airlines And A Shortage Of Pilots

U.S. airlines could soon be facing the biggest shortage of pilots in decades. How the industry is coping with mandatory retirement and stricter rules on flight experience.

It was nearly four years ago that Colgan Air flight 3407 from New Jersey crashed on its way to Buffalo, N.Y. All 49 passengers and crew were killed. Accident investigators blamed pilot error, and calls mounted for stricter oversight of regional airlines. As a result, new regulations for pilots are set to take effect beginning next summer. No one is against enhancing air travel safety, but some aviation experts are concerned the rules are too strict and could contribute to a severe pilot shortage. Pilots unions argue the situation is not that dire. Diane and her guests discuss new rules for pilots and the implications for airlines and travelers.

Guests

Andy Pasztor

senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal, specializing in aviation and space.

Captain Lee Moak

president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International.

Roger Cohen

president, Regional Airline Association.

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