U.S. airlines, officials grapple with looming pilot shortfall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Airlines, government agencies and academic institutions must work together to address a potential future shortfall of commercial and military pilots and other aviation employees in the coming years, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

“We have a diminishing supply of qualified pilots, mechanics, and technicians,” acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Dan Elwell said at its forum on the aviation workforce on Thursday at National Airport.

“There needs to be a common understanding of the gravity and urgency of this situation,” he added.

Elwell said the…

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