2014 February 16 Sunday
Shortage of $21k Per Year Pilots?

Capitalists won't be satisfied until we are all making the minimum wage. So better raise the minimum wage. Regional airlines complain there is a pilot shortage. It costs over $100,000 to train to become a pilot. Guess what they start at. This Businessweek article reveals the numbers: Yes, There’s a Pilot Shortage: Salaries Start at $21,000.

When will automated systems totally take over pilot work?

A fully automated F-16 can outmaneuver a human-piloted aircraft.

The QF-16 can pull a 9G turn, which very likely would render a live pilot unconscious.

The QF-16 can't yet analyze a really complex battle situation. But send some of them along with human-piloted aircraft and the humans could do the evaluating and send orders to the automated aircraft. In 10 to 15 years the automated aircraft will exceed the humans in ability to analyze a battle situation.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 February 16 07:29 PM 

painlord2k said at February 17, 2014 2:19 AM:

"Capitalists won't be satisfied until we are all making the minimum wage."

What capitalists?
With a command and control economy like today in the US (and EU) where are the capitalists?

Calling them capitalists is a fundamental misunderstanding of capitalism.
It is like calling "rapist" "lover".

Abelard Lindsey said at February 17, 2014 8:03 AM:

If airline pilot jobs start at $21K and getting the training costs $100K, thats why there's a pilot shortage. This is similar to law school, which also runs about $100K and offers no guarantee of a job.

Daniel said at February 17, 2014 2:29 PM:

Just another case of a job Americans won't do. No need to worry though, there are plenty of eager H1B pilots in Saudi Arabia who will jump at the chance to fly an American plane.

CamelCaseRob said at February 17, 2014 3:32 PM:

To become a pilot outside the military pathway, one must spend a great deal of time and one's own money getting the training required to get that first regional airline job. So, getting ANY salary is considered a big step forward. You're on your way to the big bucks of a major airline pilot. I don't doubt that you could get these pilots to work for nothing at first.

Randall Parker said at February 21, 2014 9:50 PM:


How long is the path from beginning of training, serving in a regional airline, and then making a good paying job in a major? What's the starting salary in a big airline? Really big bucks?

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