It has been predicted that airline accident rates will grow in a corresponding ratio to the increasing number of airline passengers.
The NTSB, which operates independently of other government agencies, is primarily responsible for investigating aviation accidents and issuing safety recommendations based on its findings. While the NTSB has no direct regulatory or enforcement power with regard to aviation law, it does have significant power of influence on those who can effect change. In fact, approximately 80 percent of all NTSB safety recommendations are adopted by the FAA or other regulatory agencies.
Aviation law is becoming increasingly important, as the number of passengers and airplane flights grows larger. Human mistakes and mechanical difficulties are two of the most common causes of aviation accidents. Our expert aviation accident attorneys can help families and victims of aircraft accidents and help eliminate preventable disasters from occurring in the future.
"Airlines In Trouble"
August 3, 2007
Many airlines have had financial difficulties in recent months and as a result they are now experiencing a pilot shortage.
Airlines like Northwest have had to cancel hundreds of their flights during these busy summer months because there haven't been enough pilots in reserve to work all the scheduled flights.
Demand for New Pilots
As a result of going bankrupt, Northwest was forced to cut costs for their employees causing the latest decrease in working pilots.
Many believe that becoming a pilot has lost much of its glamour and therefore not enough young people are willing to go into the profession, especially when the pay at many airlines has been cut by 20-30 percent.
“It's a really big problem and we're just now awakening to it,” explains Kit Darby, president of AIR Inc. “It takes time to create really experienced pilots. We're going to have shortages for a while.”
Airlines Lowering Standards
According to Captain John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, many regional airlines cannot hire enough pilots and as a result have begun lowering their standards.
Aviation experts claim that regional airlines used to require a minimum of 1,500 hours of flying experience for their new pilots.
Now, 250 hours are required.
(Source: CBS News)
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