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Airlines face worst pilot shortage since the 1960s

Updated: Nov 19, 2012 07:49 AM

As the travel season sets to take off, there's something that could throw a huge wrench in future holiday travel plans: a pilot shortage.

Airlines are facing what could be the worst shortage since the 1960's and some new federal mandates may be the reason why.

Pilots must now have 1,500 hours of pilot experience before being hired; that's six times the current minimum.

Pilots will be given more daily rest time between flights and that means airlines need to hire more pilots to keep planes and travelers moving.

Experts believe the airlines will need to hire around 65,000 new pilots in the next eight years.

Video: FOX 10's Diane Ryan reports.

Arizona State University's Aviation Program
https://technology.asu.edu/aviation

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