Flying into the Unknown

As airlines around the world continue to slash jobs and review contracts, a trainee pilot offers his unique insight into the challenges and possible opportunities presented by the ongoing crisis facing commercial aviation.

London City Airport was closed to scheduled passenger traffic during the peak of the lockdown period in the United Kingdom.

The much-touted pilot shortage that drew me and many others like me to pursue a career in aviation is very much on hold. I decided to quit my job and train to become a commercial airline pilot at the end of 2018 when a looming shortage of first officers seemed to be the only careers advice prospective pilots were given.

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