While I dont doubt the pilot shortage will push the industry toward increasing automation, please spare me the age old BS about thin margins and rising fuel costs. Oil is trading at 50% what it was 5 years ago! Most airlines are enjoying increasing demand operating more efficient aircraft with high density seating. There are presently no economic headwinds like 9/11, SARS, or the '08 recession. Raising regional pay (to just above the poverty line) and offering small signing bonuses will not resolve an endemic problem that has been festering for decades. If a nation of 330 million can't find 65,000 pilot's by 2035, clearly they're not throwing enough money at the problem!!pressure on pilot pay it is also a substantial headwind at a time when airlines are having a hard time raising revenues, especially coupled with rising fuel costs. The obvious solution is looking for alternatives.
And don't even get me started about her comments regarding pilot's and automation. What a load!!
Of course they will say that. What else are they going to say? It represents and serves their interests.About
Payload Connector is the official blog of the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) which has 56 member companies. RACCA represents and serves the interests our member Part 135 and Part 121 cargo carriers in the United States.
They certainly aren't going to say that their member's revenues are at an all time high and they are rolling in cash... they aren't going to say that years of taking advantage of the labour market are over and that they are going to need to pay pilots more to collate with the responsibility, education, and experience requirements of such a demanding position.
Industry propaganda, nothing more.