Is the Pilot Shortage Over?

A professional pilot takes a look at recent changes in the hiring pace at regional and cargo airlines.

This week, commercial pilot Sam Weigel takes a look at recent changes in the hiring pace of professional pilots. [Screenshot]

"Two years ago, 1,500 hours and a pulse was enough to get you an interview at the regional airline of your choice," recalls V1 Rotate's Sam Weigel, who flies a Boeing 737 for his day job. As hiring begins to slow at regional airlines and cargo carriers, Weigel asks—is the pilot shortage over?

Sam Weigel has been an airplane nut since an early age, and when he's not flying the Boeing 737 for work, he enjoys going low and slow in vintage taildraggers. He and his wife live west of Seattle, where they are building an aviation homestead on a private 2,400-foot grass airstrip.

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