IN FOCUS: Global demand for pilots is set to grow
Pilot hiring will have to increase significantly soon and - once increased demand kicks in - sustained.
By David Learmount - FlightGlobal- November 19, 2012
NTSB releases preliminary report on aircraft that crashed after landing
CBS Atlanta News learned new details on Thursday about a twin turbo jet that slid right off the runway at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport five months ago.
By Adam Murphy - CBSAtlanta.com- November 15, 2012 5:13 PM ET
Airlines Face Acute Shortage of Pilots
U.S. airlines are facing what threatens to be their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with higher experience requirements for new hires about to take hold just as the industry braces for a wave of retirements.
By Susan Carey, Jack Nicas, and Andy Pasztor - The Wall Street journal - November 11, 2012 8:15 PM ET
Airline Pilots: Coming Up Short
Regional and foreign carriers are worried as industry projects deepening pilot shortages
By Marc C. Lee - Plane and Pilot - August 21, 2012
Kit Darby: New Airline Pilot Minimums and NRPM Comments
Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations
By Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration - February 12, 2012
China Lures U.S. Pilots Tired of 14-Year Wait for Airline Captain’s Seat
American first officers find fewer chances for promotion in the U.S. because of slower airline growth and captains retiring later. There are jobs available in China, where a surging economy and a fleet expected to grow 11 percent a year through 2015, according to government forecasts, is creating a need for experienced crewmembers.
By Jasmine Wang and Simone Baribeau - Bloomberg.com - Feb 27, 2012 11:01 AM ET
American Air workers set to lose big
Tough times await most of the 81,000 employees at American Airlines and parent company AMR. They'll likely be spared pay cuts as the airline works its way through bankruptcy. But they face severe pension cuts, longer hours and layoffs.
By: Chris Isidore, CNNMoney, December 1, 2011: 3:45 PM ET
Commercial Pilots See Hope After A Very Long Decade
For the commercial airline industry, the fallout from 9/11 was both personal and financial, with pilots furloughed as air travel declined rapidly in the wake of the tragedy. Now, with airlines facing what is liking to be an avalanche of retirements due to age restrictions, the industry may finally be turning around for commercial aviators.
By Andrew Burmon, Huffington Post, Friday September 9, 2011
United CEO Smisek attempts a culture transplant
Since merging his Houston-based Continental Airlines with Chicago-based United in a $3.2-billion deal that formed the world's largest airline, Mr. Smisek has been working to instill Continental's culture in United's workforce.
By: John Pletz, Crain's Chicago Business, August 29, 2011
Airline Pilots Fight For Pay
pilots are seeking to take back wages, benefits, and pension
concessions they gave up to save their employers from bankruptcy
following the 2001 terrorist attacks, but airlines allege the pilots
aren't playing fair.
By Glenn Phew, AVWeb Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Pilots Take to the Streets
Pickets, Sickouts Erupt to Win Back Concessions as Airline Profits Return.
By Susan Carey, Wall Street Journal, Monday, August 8, 2011
Pilots' absence amid labor strife grounds some Continental flights
Continental aviators call in sick amid contract talks.
By Jenalia Moreno, Houston Chronicle, Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Airlines, labor unlikely to finish deals this year
United Continental CEO Jeff Smisek says 'aggressive goal' won't be reached.
By Jenalia Moreno, Houston Chronicle, July 21, 2011, 7:41PM
Pilots file grievances against United Continental
The union representing Continental Airlines' pilots said management is violating the union's contract by selling airplanes and by moving flying assignments to pilots for Continental's merger partner, United Airlines.
By Jenalia Moreno, Houston Chronicle, June 20, 2011, 9:59PM
Uncertain pilot labor situation creates turbulence at Republic
More than 18 months after buying Midwest and furloughing its nearly 400 pilots and replacing them with lower paid crews from their regional jets, Indianapolis-based Republic has discontinued a health care plan for retired Midwest pilots and their spouses. Republic won’t resolve lingering contract disputes, the Air Line Pilots Association alleges in a lawsuit filed April 14 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
By Chris O'Malley, Indianapolis Business Journal, April 30, 2011
Flight attendants to vote on representation
More than 24,000 flight attendants at United Airlines and Continental Airlines will vote soon on which union represents them in the merged carrier.
By Jenalia Moreno, Houston Chronicle, April 2, 2011, 12:37 AM
Airlines brace for shortage of pilots
a long drought, carriers are ready to crank up pilot hiring to deal
with a wave of retirements, new government regulations and anticipated
By Jim Burress/WABE 90.1 FM News, Atlanta, Sunday, March 6, 2011 02:58 AM
The Merging of an Airline: the Atlanta Connection
An interview with Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, and Aviation consultant Kit Darby on Southwest vs AirTran media war.
BY Steve Huettel, St Petersburg (FLA.) Times, Friday, 18 March 2011
TSA Security Basics for the Holidays
The TSA and other
government officials have said that intelligence indicates there is now
an increased risk of terror attacks, and that’s why the enhanced
security is necessary. Aviation consultant Kit Darby joined Good Day
Atlanta to share more on how the new procedures work, and how to easily
navigate the system during the holidays.
By MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta, Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010, 8:33 AM EST
Flight attendants seek mediator for Continental talks
The union representing Continental Airlines' flight attendants has asked a federal mediator to help it reach a new collective bargaining agreement with the carrier.
By JEMENALIA MORENO Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, Nov. 19, 2010, 10:50PM
"Continental has been unwilling to restore all the sacrifices flight attendants made to help the carrier avoid bankruptcy and merge with United," said Sheila Hammond, a Continental flight attendant and union negotiating committee member. "Requesting the help of a federal mediator is the next logical step in the bargaining process."
The move toward mediation comes after flight attendants rejected a tentative interim agreement negotiated by their union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
TSA: 'Don't Touch My Junk'
The national conversation about the TSA and their amped up security procedures has gotten a lot louder.
By Jeff Hullinger, Atlanta 11 Alive News, Friday, 19 Nov 2010, 9:16 AM EDT
It has become a national catch phrase. "Don't touch my junk." The battle cry of air travelers unsatisfied with pat-downs administered by TSA agents.
John Tyner was caught on tape telling a TSA security man in San Diego not to touch him before boarding a flight. "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested," said the 31-year-old Californian. The federal agency is threatening an $11,000 fine against Tyner for rejecting its body-scanner and pat-down techniques.
Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants Reject Union
The nation's biggest flight attendant union lost its all-or-none fight to cover those workers at Delta Air Lines on Wednesday,
a stunning defeat in an industry where heavy union representation is the norm.
By Chan Sue Ling, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wednesday, 03 Nov 2010, 3:18 PM EDT
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA immediately said it would ask federal regulators to investigate possible interference from the company, and would seek a re-vote. Votes to join a union fell just 328 short out of 18,760 cast, the union said. That worked out to union support from 49 percent of Delta's 20,000 flight attendants.
Delta has 20,000 flight attendants, including roughly 7,000 who came from Northwest Airlines when Delta bought it in 2008. The Northwest flight attendants were in the AFA, but their Delta colleagues were not. The vote was to resolve whether the union would cover all of them, or none.
Merging unions not an easy task
But if they don't fly united, it may limit new airline's profits
By Jenalia Moreno, The Houston Chronicle, Oct. 16, 2010
Continental Airlines flight attendants are keeping their union ties securely fastened at this time, as they enter a period
of turbulence while combining with their new colleagues at United Airlines.
Houston-based Continental and Chicago-based United merged Oct. 1 into a new airline that eventually will fly as United.
But if their union employees don't unite as well, the merger may not save the new carrier as much money as it expects.
"There's going to be a tussle for the control of the group," said Kit Darby, an airline consultant and retired pilot. "They're
going to work hard to be the surviving union."
As Asian Air Travel Soars, Pilots Are Scarce
The demand for pilots will likely outstrip supply. Some airlines are offering perks to recruits, including free training.
By Chan Sue Ling, Bloomberg Businessweek, October 14, 2010
Asia's economies are booming, and so is demand for air travel across the region. Flying for business and pleasure is
increasingly affordable for the combined 1.1 billion middle-class residents of China and India. All those potential fliers
have translated into new orders for aircraft makers—Asia-Pacific airlines will buy about 8,000 planes worth $1.2 trillion
over the next 20 years, according to Airbus. Less noticed is another group of beneficiaries: Asian pilots.
Airline pilot hiring poised for rebound?
By Kelly Yamanouchi The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 7, 2010
cutbacks and other factors had put a virtual hold on airline pilot
hiring for the past couple of years. Delta and AirTran,
in fact, are the only two carriers among the top seven that have hired any pilots since 2008, according to Kit Darby, who
tracks pilot hiring as part of his aviation consulting business in Peachtree City. But some believe the oversupply of pilots is temporary,
and the industry could be headed for a new surge of hiring.
Flight attendants, airline work it out
Continental, 9,300 in union reach tentative agreement
By JENALIA MORENO Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, September 30, 2010
Continental Airlines and its more than 9,300 flight attendants reached a tentative
labor agreement Thursday.
Southwest, AirTran Merger: Southwest Airlines to Buy AirTran
By: MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta, September 27, 2010
ATLANTA - A major change is in the works for travelers flying in and out of Atlanta.
Southwest Airlines has agreed to buy AirTran airlines for $1.4 billion.
The new Southwest-AirTran airline would operate from more than 100 different
airports and serve more than 100 million customers. The merger is expected to
be completed by the year 2012.
So what does all this mean for Atlanta airline travelers?
Two people who know the airline business inside and out say the merger say the
airline industry will feel a seismic shift. Kit Darby president of KitDarby.com Aviation
Consulting , LLC and Richard Warner, a Georgia Business Expert and CEO, What's Up
Interactive discussed the merger at the FOX 5 studios Monday.
Industry analysts say regulators aren't likely to oppose the deal because the merger
will mean stronger competition for Atlanta -based Delta.
Aero-TV Special Series: Understanding The Pilot Shortage
This Episode Features A Presentation By Kit Darby, AIR Inc. (Part One In A Series Examining A Ponderous Issue)
Aero TV Network, Monday, 8 September 2008
Labor fights could disrupt U.S. flights;
Talks between unions, airlines could get messy
Airport Business - March 2, 2010
Air travelers in the USA could face the same type of labor relations-driven flight
disruptions that crippled air travel in parts of Europe last week.
Add 'pilot' to list of jobs that aren't so great now
USA Today - February 18, 2010
image of the dashing airline pilot crisscrossing the globe has become
But the once-glamorous world of a pilot has lost some of its
luster. U.S. airline
pilots ferry about 2 million people a day in a
system that often resembles mass
transit. And the highs of the job are
often offset by the mundane struggles many
American workers face: pay
cuts, pension worries, long hours and stress.
Airline Industry Update
ATP Flight School -December 18, 2008
This informative video, sponsored by ATP and featuring commentary by airline industry
expert Kit Darby, explains the long-term trends in airline pilot hiring and what it means
to you. Kit has been quoted by USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and is known as
the authority on pilot job market research. In this video, Kit discusses long-term trends
relative to the current airline hiring cycle. He stresses that this is a smart time to begin
flight training so that you will be qualified to enter the pilot job market on the front of
the next hiring wave.