Editor's Log

January 2008 Issue

OJT

Several recent newspaper and magazine articles have reported on supposed pilot shortages in the U.S. and, especially, abroad. The reporting, of course, focuses on airline flight crews but doesn’t really distinguish between long-established U.S. carriers flying Boeings and Airbii and what at least one industry observer labeled the "lower rungs of the aviation career ladder:" regional jets and turboprops. At least one close friend, himself serving as a regional jet captain, has expressed amazement at the relatively low talent and experience levels he’s finding in the seat to his right.

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