Aviation experts address intensifying worldwide pilot shortage - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Aviation experts address intensifying worldwide pilot shortage

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The airline industry is in the middle of its biggest hiring spree of pilots of all time while pilot training is down considerably.  What this may result in is a severe shortage of qualified pilots. 47 out of 50 states offer public collegiate flight training to their students, but Hawaii does not. Political tug-of-war between Hilo and Oahu as location for program is the roadblock at UH.

The shortage is already more severe on the mainland. Shrinking of regional airlines and loss of service to smaller communities is happening. Shrinking pilot pool ultimately means higher ticket prices.

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