Cranky on the Web: Great Lakes Calls It Quits. Who’s Next?

U.S. Pilot Shortage Claims a Casualty: Will More Airlines Shut Down?Skift
The Regional Aviation Association is using the death of Great Lakes as an opportunity to fight for the relaxation of pilot requirements. This, however, is a fairly unique failure here. On the small end, you have a lot of airlines flying 9-seaters which don’t have the same stringent pilot requirements. At the high end, you have the big regionals with their fancier jets. If you’re a pilot with the hours required to fly for the big guys, why would you go to a small fry like Great Lakes when you can go to a regional that has a flow-through agreement to a legacy carrier? There aren’t a lot of airlines playing in this space of 19 to 30-seats any more. Great Lakes was definitely doing something different.

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jaybru
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How did this airline last as long as it did?

Make for a good book!

MC
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MC

Its a shame airlines like Great Lakes cant survive in today’s airline industry…..if your not tied to a major, more than likely you wont survive…..I remember when small carriers were so abundant…..most of today’s pilots want to fly the high tech planes of the major’s and make big bucks….the kids you see flying for PSA look barely 20 years old, but to listen to them talk, they want to accumulate hours and move on as quickly as possible…. Unlike the old crusty pilots that have humor and character and know what it took to fly the big planes, they started… Read more »

David SF eastbay
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It shows how one accident made a change, but was it really a good change if it means causing a shortage of pilots.

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Loyalty has nothing to do with smaller commuters surviving it’s the wages ,supply and demand . One commuter is going to pay more than the other which one do you think they’ll work for. This is not a shortage it is free market. Either way I’ve never seen an airplane that will fly it’s self if that was the case You’d be riding in the back of drones.

MC
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MC

Has this type of situation happened before, I don’t ever recall things being so bad with pilots moving around so much, airlines cancelling flights due to lack of pilots(except for IROPS), airlines closing due to lack of pilots….there use to be loyalty in the airline business….moving up the ranks at one carrier instead of airline hopping

MJH
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In the early 60s the airlines hired individuals without any flight experience and sent them to school to get the commercial And instrument ratings, similar to how the military gets their pilots. Keep in mind if you’re Riding in a Aircraft with two seats the passenger has to pay 100% of the cost of the Pilot, a ten place airplane it’s only 10% of the cost. We could go back to subsidized airlines . That would be great if you lived in a town with 1000 people in it.

MJH
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There are still Great small carriers like Kenmore Air in Seattle by the San Juan Islands and the small airline Mr. cranky flow out of Hawaii. Kenmore operates seaplanes. There is also some rideshare operations like Gear up that has small business Aircraft . The cost is not cheap because the utilization is low .

MC
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Ive flown Boutique Air, Southern Airways Express and Texas Sky…..thats the closest ill ever come to flying like it was in the ‘70’s/‘80’s as far as regionals that were everywhere in this country….flew Air New Orleans as a Continental Express flt fairly soon after the majors went fir the regional carriers for feed traffic

pavelow42
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Fine with me. It keeps it all tax-deferred.

Neither one of these investments is going to fail.

iPad, Typos happen, sorry