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Volume

5

Issue

1

Publisher

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Abstract

During the past five years, several studies have been conducted to assess the future availability of airline pilots and other aviation professionals (McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Co., 1989; Sypher-Mueller International, 1992; U.S. Department of Defense, 1988; U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration [FAA], 1993). These studies conclude, not surprisingly, that the traditional sources of airline pilots-the military and general aviation-are in a period of decline. This situation, coupled with the predicted flood of airline pilot retirements, will lead to a shortage of pilots before the end of the decade. Although estimates vary, most suggest that the current excess of pilots will be absorbed by 1996.

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