CAT Editor-in-Chief Rick Adams, FRAeS, talks with one of the leading experts on professional pilot careers about the state of the North American aviation market – recovery, retirements, furloughs, pay packages, and advice for moving to the head of the queue when hiring restarts (perhaps sooner than you think).


A Conversation with Kit Darby

The first section of this five part series is on Airline Recovery Scenarios and the Impact of Pilot Retirements.

Kit Darby outlines possible airline recovery models, pilot retirements at the major US airlines, scenarios for the resumption of pilot hiring, and a comparison of airline early-retirement offers. 

Catch up with more episodes from the series:

Part 2 - Furloughs, Leaves of Absence, and the US CARES Act 

Part 3 - Aircraft Utilization, Pilot Work Schedules, and Pilot Demand

Part 4 Risk Factors, Pilot Qualifications, and Pay/Benefit Packages

Part 5 The Right Stuff, MPL, and the 1500-Hour Law