Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research






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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