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Examining the national airline pilot shortage

There’s currently a shortage impacting your air travel, and that shortage is expected to grow.

Air travel is soaring to new heights—2018 set new records for passengers. As they fill up planes, airports are working on adding more flights and the airlines more destinations. The problem is the industry is running out of pilots to fly the aircraft.

“I’d say on a scale of 1 to 10, we’re looking somewhere at a seven as far as where we’re at with the pilot shortage in the industry right now,” says Bob Frisch with Air Wisconsin.

Bob Frisch is the chief operating officer for Air Wisconsin—a regional carrier for United Airlines. Under the United Express brand, the company employs some 600 pilots servicing 70 regional airports in 32 states.


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