By Geoff Murray
This article was featured in FlightGlobal on May 7.
Airlines are combating the Covid-19 crisis by parking aircraft, reducing or eliminating capital expenditures and costs, and – unfortunately – laying off employees.
Some of those employees are pilots, who need to maintain qualifications through mandated training – a process that can be more difficult during any downturn.
The current economic challenge is not only likely to be more severe and protracted than previous downturns, but unique, in that it will significantly stress training infrastructure, both while airliners are parked and even more so when traffic returns.
The volume of training, especially if attempted over a short time period during recovery, could stretch the industry’s training capacity like never before – potentially delaying airline relaunches.
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