Originally Posted by irishejit
It seems that the industry is facing a pilot shortage in the very near future, however it is getting harder and harder to get your commercial rating due to the costs involved and the lack of funded training.
How do you see this being addressed, or will it be left to those people how can afford to take out huge loans to self fund their training?
So like I said, there is now a whole industry that in of itself that provides all these type ratings (and line training of course) which is something that sprang up at a time when there was no such thing as a shortage of pilots. My best guess is somebody somewhere saw an opportunity to monetise a part of their business (just like paying to select a seat.)
If there was genuinely a shortage, it would eventually show itself in airlines bending over backwards to fund what (currently) is expected of the candidate. Whilst its driven by slightly different reasons, a lot of smaller carriers in the USA are offering large signing bonuses as their pool of candidates dries up. In Europe this really hasn't happened yet.
Airlines are loathe to spend money at the best of times, so it will take quite some time before they decide to really change how they hire. Many people (inlcuding those with the means) are put off the job due to the initial outlay.