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Simulator training demand expected to increase. (air pilots)

Simulator training demand expected to increase

Pilot hiring has slowed slightly from the most recent peak of more than 7,800 employed by major, national and regional jet airlines in 1985, but the decrease in 1986 was only to 6,300. Reliable forecasts say that 1985 record level will be passed this year and approached for most of the remainder of this century. The average level of hiring will remain high as the post-World War II/Korea crop of airmen reach the mandatory retirement age of 60, replacement hiring alone will exceed 1,500 pilots per year in the mid-1990s, according to figures published by the Future Aviation Professionals of America (FAPA) and the Air Line Pilots Association.

Increased hiring automatically means increased training requirements that far exceed the number of new pilots hired. …

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