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Chief Pilot David Fitzgerald going through checklists in the E145 cockpit. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Craig Fischer)

Pilot Unemployment a Problem as Travel Recovery Lags

There is still so much unknown about this year after a ghastly 2020. An unprecedented number of pilots are currently being furloughed throughout the world, and several airlines continue to report losses or shut down operations. The Pilot Survey 2021 – carried out by specialist aviation and pilot recruitment agency GOOSE with aviation publisher FlightGlobal – captures the devastating effect COVID-19 has had on airline pilots, with 30% of pilots describing themselves as currently unemployed and a further 17% furloughed.…