28-Jan-2019 Source: HeliHub.com
US Airlines have started recruiting helicopter pilots from the US Army to fill the pilot shortage. Pilots from the army are easier to adapt and quick to learn. The pilot shortage was hit hard by the FAA changing the amount of training hours from 250 to 1,500. Army pilots however, only require 750 hours. They also are given training in flying fixed-wing aircraft that takes roughly 90 days, whereas civilian pilots can take years to finish training and the costs are extreme. Because of the pilot shortage, airlines are having to double starting salaries to $54,000, reports Reuters.