U.S. Air Force, Commercial Airlines Could Look to Public, Private Partnerships to Retain Pilots

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer 

Public-private partnerships could be the answer to the U.S. Air Force and commercial airlines’ pilot shortages, according the U.S. Air Force Major General Tommy K. Williams. Both aviation sectors have been struggling to retain pilots in recent years, leading to the need of better training and employee incentives.

Williams believes public-private partnerships, including one with the National Pilot Sourcing Forum, could be beneficial in providing public education, outreach and training programs for potential new pilots.

“We have to change the dynamic of how we treat our aviators,” Williams said. “These guys are running ragged. We beat them up. We have to if we’re going to do our nation’s work. But we have to change that.”

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