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For those of you waiting for pilot shortages, there is news. Air Log will likely start layoffs soon, and it's not out of the question for the rest of the GOM operators to do the same. There may soon be a large number of pilots in the job market with enough experience to be competitive, but young enough that they won't be retiring for decades. Given this, and the current economic situation, now would not seem to be a great time to start spending large amounts of money on training.

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Yeah I heard news from a friend of mine that works for RLC. He said that Air Log was laying off 13, RLC 12, and others are all laying off. From what he said though PHI is still hiring, but I don't know how long that will last. The market just keeps getting worse everyday, but I would think it will eventually turn around.

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Of course it's not the end of the industry, but temporary is a relative thing, and it may be 4 or 5 years before it turns around. In any case, the job market will become increasingly saturated in the near term, and it will be harder to find a job for awhile. Just another reality check.

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Yes and no...


The thing is, companies were hiring like crazy just a year or two ago... They will be back at it within a year or two.


Think about this... With pilots having a hard time finding a job, many are leaving the business, never to return. On top of that, due to the lack of financing, new student starts are down across the country. Just around the time that companies need pilots again, they may well find few to pick from.


I recall back in 2007 that Air Log started hiring below 1,000 hours, they picked up someone from me with 670 total helicopter time, for a PIC job. It jumps around all over the place.


If someone starts training now and plans to finish in a year or two, then work as a CFI for another year, they may well be in the perfect place.

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