Low Pay May Be To Blame For Regional Pilot Shortages
GAINESVILLE - There could be less flights at Gainesville Regional Airport because of a pilot shortage - and some think it's the low pay and high qualifications that are shrinking the applicant pool.
The retirment age may also be to blame as baby boomers prepare to retire.
Regional flights are controlled by large airlines like Delta but those airlines do not pay those workers.
One local pilot says there used to be enough people to take the jobs but thinks now the strict qualification requirements are excluding some.
Tom George, pilot, University Air Center: "so no one is willing to take those jobs and now due to the high cost of training and new legislation that causes you to be a more qualified pilot now there is not as many pilots who are qualified. The average pay is between $22,000 and $24,000."
Regional carriers account for about half of all domestic airline flights.
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