Rich opportunities for regional cargo airlines blocked by pilot shortage
Aircraft manufacturer ATR is bullish on the market for turboprop freighters, which make up more ...
Reuters’ airline correspondent Victoria Bryan has documented her training to become a pilot. Ms Bryan’s insight into what’s involved in taking to the skies looks at not only the practicalities, but also the structural imbalances. Today, being a “pilot” is predominantly seen as a male occupation. And while some airlines have been making efforts to redress a “hefty” male-over-female ratio, the problems persist. According to data from the UK and US, only around 4% of commercial pilots are female. In Germany, the numbers are a little better, at 7% – and that’s after three decades of the country’s flag-carrier adopting a policy of hiring women for the role. With some regions of the world experiencing an acute shortage of pilots, it seems redundant to ignore 50% of the potential recruitment base.
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