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.
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.
For years, regional airlines paid young pilots low wages. That spurred short-term economic returns, but it may have kept some potential pilots from pursuing an airline career. That means fewer pilots are in the pipeline.
The FAA is hoping that pilots will self-report on any mental health issues, even though history shows they will be unlikely to do so.
The push and pull between airlines and the FAA is not turning out to be the kind of conflict that generates better ideas in the end. It's the kind where things just don't get done well.
After two years in a row of record-setting profits at Delta, the airline's pilots want to make up for the sacrifices they made since Delta went bankrupt in 2005. If a rising tide lifts all ships, Delta's pilots think it is their turn to hop on board.
United and Wall Street covet labor peace foe the airline, and a rank-and-file-approved pilot contract would go a long way toward achieving it.
Cathay Pacific admits that its pay practices didn't keep up with changes in French law over the years. Sounds like the airline fell asleep at the wheel, so to speak.
It may not be a response to the pilot shortage as JetBlue is saying, but it's certainly a smart solution to the pilot shortage.
Air France has chosen the nuclear option in its conflict with its pilots.