It’s Official – There’s a CFI Shortage
There’s been a lot of chatter over recent years about a potential shortage of pilots in the industry. The enactment of new Air Transport Pilot (ATP) required pilots to have more hours of flight experience and thereby limiting the pool available to employers, and regional airliners have responded to the shortage by introducing lucrative bonus and employment benefits. But has this shortage also affected the availability of certified flight instructors (CFIs) as well?
The Career Path of a Pilot
There are several stages that are typically found in the career of commercial pilots, namely:
- Learning to fly at flight school
- Teaching others to fly as a CFI (it’s a great way of getting the hours in that are required by the FAA)
- Moving to a regional airline
- Moving to a national airline
Due to the pilot shortage at the regional airline level, these companies are looking at CFIs at flight schools and actively recruiting them in order to meet the demand for pilots. At the same time, these offers are very attractive, so flight schools find it difficult to keep CFIs on after they’ve met the qualification criteria for the FAA and airlines. This leaves a gap in the market where there are plenty of people wanting to learn to fly and pursue a career as a pilot, but a shortage of CFIs to train them. This makes it essential for anyone who wants to have flying lessons to spend the time doing research on their flight school and making sure they have enough trained CFIs to deliver a high-quality training experience.
Learn to Fly at One of the Top Flight Schools in NJ
If you dream of taking to the skies as a CFI, amateur pilot, private or commercial airliner pilot, Monmouth Airport’s flight school in NJ is the place to be.
We have our own FAA certified A&P/IA on premises and our location outside of the crowded New York area airspace designations means that you get to experience clear, uncrowded skies as you learn to fly. Our classes and lessons are led by experienced and fully certified flight instructor dedicated to helping you achieve your dream.
For more information about flying lessons and how to learn to fly, please visit our website at http://monmouthjetcenter.com/ or contact us today.