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Regional Airlines Face Pilot Shortage Due To Low Wages, High Training Costs05:20
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A U.S. Airways Airbus A320 airplane takes off from a runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, September 23, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
A U.S. Airways Airbus A320 airplane takes off from a runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, September 23, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
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As the demand for air travel grows, U.S. regional airlines are facing a pilot shortage. These regional airlines, unlike the major carriers, operate small jets and turboprops and are often subcontractors to the major affiliates.

Patrick Smith is a commercial airline pilot and author of the book "Cockpit Confidential: Everything you Need to Know About Air Travel." He tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about the reasons behind the shortage, and what the regional airlines can do to bring in more pilots.

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Patrick Smith, commercial airline pilot. He also writes the "Ask the Pilot" blog and is the author of "Cockpit Confidential: Everything you Need to Know About Air Travel." He tweets @AskThePilot.

This segment aired on July 8, 2016.

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