Pilots Needed -- Everywhere

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Although the tragic events of 9/11 put a damper on the whole aviation industry, it has rebounded and the hiring of pilots in all sectors (quite opposite of new pilot starts) is coming back to the historical highs of the turn of the century, according to Be A Pilot. The current boom is fueled in part by the rapid expansion of airline service in China, India and the Middle East and the worldwide growth of cargo operations. New airlines are luring experienced pilots from North America (where airline pilot pension and job insecurity make headlines) and that means more opportunities for younger, less experienced pilots to get a crack at the jobs left behind. The jury is still out on the impact very light jets (VLJs) will have on the air travel business but if even half of the projected growth materializes it will create thousands of pilot jobs. Be A Pilot is an initiative of AOPA and it's gathered some serious interest in recent weeks. More than 1,000 AOPA members have signed up to mentor student pilots through their training and help keep them from giving up. At EAA AirVenture, AirShares Elite announced it would donate $100,000 worth of flight time to student pilots.