Hawaii expects pilot shortage to worsen with school closures

HONOLULU — Aviation officials say Hawaii’s shortage of pilots could lead to fewer flights and higher prices if the problem is left unchecked.

Hawaii News Now reports three flight schools on Oahu have closed over the last 18 months, citing high operating costs and diminishing student enrolment numbers.

Pat McNamee, president of the General Aviation Council of Hawaii, says the number of pilots needed cannot be generated.

McNamee says the state needs about 100 new pilots each year to replace the pilots who have reached the mandatory retirement age of 65.

Officials say charter flight companies are already seeing the effects of the pilot shortage, and it could eventually reach the big airlines.


Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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Source:: Nationalpost

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