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.