Articles tagged “pilots”

Pilots Demand Drone Regulation After Gatwick Airport Runway Briefly Shut

Pilots Demand Drone Regulation After Gatwick Airport Runway Briefly Shut

Associated Press

Drones are an aviation disaster waiting to happen. Absent tough regulations, it is only a matter of time.

3 weeks ago

Pilots Group Says Proposed Training Changes Would Lead to ‘Pilot Puppy Mills’

Pilots Group Says Proposed Training Changes Would Lead to ‘Pilot Puppy Mills’

Kevin Freking, Associated Press

The 2009 crash of Colgan Air flight 3407 was linked to pilot exhaustion and a lack of training. Training for regional airline pilots was made more rigorous in the years after the crash, and now the U.S. House of Representatives wants to loosen things up again. That's a big fail.

4 weeks ago

EasyJet Wants to Hire 450 Pilots But Will Have a Challenge Recruiting Them

EasyJet Wants to Hire 450 Pilots But Will Have a Challenge Recruiting Them

Patrick Whyte, Skift

EasyJet’s growth plans hinge on having the requisite number of pilots to fly its aircraft. It will have to offer enticing packages to recruit the right people in an era of shortages.

2 months ago

Pilot Shortage Is a Factor In United Moving Away From Regional Jets

Pilot Shortage Is a Factor In United Moving Away From Regional Jets

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

United is reversing strategy and downplaying regional jets in favor of mainline service on important business routes domestically. The about-face from former CEO Jeff Smisek's strategy under current execs Munoz and Kirby will have rivals likely redrawing their own plans.

3 months ago

These 10 U.S. Airports Challenge Pilots Most

These 10 U.S. Airports Challenge Pilots Most

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Some airports are more challenging than others, but the good news is that just about every U.S. airline, even the smallest ones, employ professional pilots capable of successfully navigating the trickiest approaches.

4 months ago

American Airlines’ Bid to Change Corporate Culture Meeting Resistance From Unions

American Airlines’ Bid to Change Corporate Culture Meeting Resistance From Unions

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest and United realize that you need employees on your side to make a great airline. Doug Parker of American knows that, too, but he is telling pilots they need to wait until 2019 to achieve wage parity or better with the airline's rivals. Pilots know if American truly values them, their wallets would be fatter.

6 months ago

Boeing Says China Must Hire More Than 100,000 Pilots Over Next 20 Years

Boeing Says China Must Hire More Than 100,000 Pilots Over Next 20 Years

Angus Whitley , Bloomberg

There is a pilot shortage -- in China, at least, but that will likely impact pilot hiring by airlines around the world. The shortage over the long term could have a ripple effect down to regional airlines, too.

8 months ago

Lufthansa Pilot Strike Cancels 1,800 Flights Worldwide

Lufthansa Pilot Strike Cancels 1,800 Flights Worldwide

Associated Press

Long-simmering labor disputes aren't just bad for Lufthansa's growth or its business. It's bad for passengers, too.

8 months ago

Cheap Airfares are About to Vanish as U.S. Airlines Tighten Capacity

Cheap Airfares are About to Vanish as U.S. Airlines Tighten Capacity

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airfares don't feel particularly cheap -- anecdotally speaking -- but things can always get worse (from a consumer perspective). Next week will punctuate where airfares are heading as United and American report their third quarter results.

10 months ago

JetBlue Is Training Pilots Without Any Previous Flying Experience

JetBlue Is Training Pilots Without Any Previous Flying Experience

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

It seems odd that an airline would train prospective pilots with absolutely no experience flying an aircraft. But while that's unusual for the United States, airlines in the rest of the world have used this approach for years. It works well.

10 months ago

iPad Apps a Factor in Steep Decline in Fatal Private Plane Crashes

iPad Apps a Factor in Steep Decline in Fatal Private Plane Crashes

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Better technology, including the availability of mobile weather and other apps for pilots, is a contributing factor in a drop in fatalities in private plane crashes. Assuredly there are other factors behind the decline but getting better apps into the hands of pilots and co-pilots, and reducing paperwork so they can concentrate on flying the plane, is definitely a positive development.

12 months ago

Southwest Unions Call For The CEO’s Head — Skift Business Traveler

Southwest Unions Call For The CEO’s Head — Skift Business Traveler

Grant Martin, Skift

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly is dismissing union calls for his ouster but if profits slip, or there is another major tech outage, then the CEO's future will get more interesting.

12 months ago