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Should I be worried that the pilot shortage is ending?

Hey guys,

It is quite obvious that the airlines-especially the regionals- have a pilot shortage and i read somewhere that they are even searching the faa database for qualified pilots. To me, it sounds like more and more are being hired every day and it makes me wonder if the demand is starting to slow down? As someone who is still working on their PPL, should I be worried about demand when its my turn to get hired say in 2-3 years?

The shortage is expected to continue for at least two more decades, unless
something unexpected happens. Check out airlinepilotcentral.com and look at
the projected number of airline pilots expected to retire from the Legacy
carriers.

Here’s an example for American:
https://www.airlinepilotcentral.com/airlines/legacy/american_airlines

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look at the numbers in the
“Retirement” section.

Tory

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Cameron,

I wouldn’t be worried. First as Tory said the shortage isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. Second many of us were hired LONG before there was any shortage and we’ve done just fine. Sure pay was lower and it was tougher getting hired but we did.

Adam