I can’t say I’m with the International Transport Association (ITA) on this one; according to this article from the Wall St. Journal, the ITA (which represents major airlines worldwide) says there is a “looming crisis” because of a lack of pilots.
Okay, fair enough.
What I’m not crazy about, is their solution to this crisis. Maybe you’ll find it troublesome, too.
The ITA’s president says, it’s time to “rethink pilot training” programs and urged adoption of new standards of training, training designed to speed up the process.
What they’re talking about, apparently, is emphasizing such things as simulator training, and reducing requirements for actual flying hours.
The article goes on to note that, “faster, simulator-oriented training programs are controversial in the U.S”– I’ll bet.
Oh, and then there’s this little nugget at the end:
“world-wide accident rate is more than four times higher than the rolling annual average rate for U.S. carriers.”
Now, I realize not all those accidents outside the U.S. can be attributed to “pilot error”; certainly weather and the condition of the planes play a part.
That said, I like knowing that U.S. pilots (and many others around the world) have many, many hours of real flying under their belts, before they get into the cockpit of the plane I’m traveling in — let’s not skimp on having the best and most trained pilots … please …