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Pilot shortage the reason for recent Cape Air flight cancellations

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Cape Air officials said Tuesday that a pilot shortage is the cause of a spate of recent flight cancellations at Billings Logan International Airport. (billingsgazette.com) More...

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tyketto
No MOCHA HaGoTDI for Big Sky Country today.
spatr
spatr 0
Been a long time since I've heard that on freq!
RRKen
Whatever that means.
ATCguy1
ATCguy1 4
MOCHA HaGoTDI: Making Our Customers Happy And Having A Good Time Doing It
Pileits
Pileits 2
LO pay is the first problem. Very low pay. When you have nearly $100k in flight training debt to pay off $18,000 / year salary doesn't work out very well.
LoralThomas
Loral Thomas 4
Well if they paid their pilots a LIVING wage, they wouldn't have this problem.
justinoclemente
justin chavez 3
They should get rid of the Essential Air service program altogether... Then Cape won't have to be embarrassed about canceling any more flights because of terrible pilot pay...er... a pilot shortage.
RRKen
So all those folks in small towns loose their air service? Isolating rural America is a bad policy.
justinoclemente
justin chavez 2
I live in a small town and I drive three hours to get to my hub airport. Its life. If you want to live in the country get used to the smell of horse manure. FYI. I flew a Caravan for an EAS operator for several months. Many of my flights were empty or only had one or two passengers. It was a waste of taxpayer dollars. Rural America is connected to the rest of the world via the road system.
layman85
layman85 1
Living in a rural community is a choice with benefits and drawbacks, just like anything. If you choose to live in one, accept both, and don't ask the rest of the country to pay for your plane tickets.
Bernie20910
Bernie20910 1
No, they lose nothing. They just have to drive a little further to get to an airport.
MikeMohle
Mike Mohle 3
Supply and demand, it is all about pay and other more viable options for pilots.
namotlagh
namotlagh 3
Hey Cape Air, I don't feel sorry for you one bit. There is no such thing as a "pilot shortage". Instead, qualified pilots are not willing to work for such low, insulting wages. I have a simple fix to your problem: PAY YOUR PILOTS MORE!!
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 0
If you want more pay, come in with over 5000 hours of relevant experience, and don't apply at an entry level carrier job!!! Does the prep cook make as much as the executive chef???
avihais
Pilot shortage or pilot pay shortage???
ccarlson3
Curt Carlson 2
1500 hour requirement is ridiculous. Had nothing to do with the crash in upstate N.Y..
Not FAA but congress did this travesty. Change the requirements.
TMcDonnell
These ops are Part 135, so the part 121 req. you are referencing does not apply. See - http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=162d619f35a45f04c73288c3982813af&mc=true&node=sp14.3.135.e&rgn=div6 for 135 regs.
eichelro
eichelro 3
To fly 135 IFR however, 1200 is needed which is pretty close to 1500.
EvacGuy
Steve Whelan 1
And to fly scheduled 135 as PIC requires an ATP certificate.
Jimsinsky
Jim Sinsky -3
Airlines could follow the lead of tech companies and get foreign workers through the H-1B visa program. That way they could keep pilot pay artificially low and subvert the law of supply and demand.
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
And crash a few airplanes!
Jimsinsky
Jim Sinsky 0
I was trying to be sarcastic.

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