Coffman Tackles National Pilot Shortage

Issues Letter to Aviation Subcommittee

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Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 | comments

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) sent a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee urging the subcommittee to include language in their fiscal year (FY) 2018 Federal Aviation Reauthorization legislation that studies the potential for a more holistic set of standards to test the competency required to become a commercial pilot. 

The letter states in part, “military and commercial aviation are experiencing a significant shortage of qualified and experienced pilots.  I believe that one of the major factors contributing to pilot shortage in commercial aviation is the quantitative nature of the present rule…I do not believe that the best way to determine if an individual pilot has developed the appropriate skills to fly commercially is by simply adding up flight time.”

In addition to Coffman’s letter, as Chair of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, Coffman held a congressional hearing that specifically addressed the national pilot shortage issue.  Coffman added “we cannot buy our way out of the national pilot shortage crisis, and that it will take both a civilian and military solution.”

To see the full text of the letter click HERE.

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