United States is Expected to Have Pilot Shortage Until 2032

Although air travel demand rose back to pre-Wuhan Virus times during July 4 weekend, flight delays and cancellations have been on the rise due to a pilot shortage.

The pilot shortage has emerged due to several factors such as an uptick in retirements throughout the pandemic, a compulsory retirement age of 65, a reduced pool of potential pilots coming from the United States Air Force, and a growing trend of Americans not being as interested in pursuing an aviation career.

Prominent airlines such as American Airlines have witnessed flight disruptions throughout this summer owing to a pilot shortage.

According to the most figures coming out of the Federal Aviation Administration, the aviation sector is lacking 32,000 commercial pilots, mechanics, and air traffic controllers. These types of shortages are only growing year after year.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg informed CBS News his agency is investigating several airlines who are booking “unrealistic” scheduling by selling seats prior to scheduling pilots to fly planes.  

“If you look at the delays, for example, that America experienced through last year in the summer 2022, a lot of that was driven by these companies not having the staff that they needed,” Buttigieg stated.

“This is not something that’s going to be worked out overnight. It took years to get this way,” he cautioned.

Wichita State University emeritus  associate professor Dean Headley observed, “The pilot shortage won’t be resolved until 2032 or something like that.” 

Headley claimed airlines can train 1,500 to 1,800 pilots annually but noted with a shortage of 17,000 pilots, the industry can’t meet flight demand.

The current pilot shortage has compelled commercial airlines to “cut back flights to smaller regional airports. So, people [who] are not at a major airport will find that their flight schedules have been reduced simply because they don’t have enough people to put in an airplane to fly it somewhere,” Headley observed. 

Indeed, the American economy is far from normal. Due to the many structural problems that the regulatory state has generated over the years, now those cumulative effects are manifesting themselves across the American economy.

The airline sector is just the first of many sectors that will go through these economic upheavals. If no serious deregulation measures are pursued to roll back the regulatory state, such

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