Airshow: Airlines, flight schools try to lure pilots with cheaper – or free – training
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SINGAPORE – In 2014, Danny Perna found himself caught up in the global shortage of pilots that has vexed airlines from China to the United States.
For the first time in 15 years, the founder of Epic Flight Academy in Florida couldn’t find enough trained US pilots to be flight instructors at his school.
Offering sign-on bonuses of up to $10,000 did not help, he said. Eventually, they decided to advertise a sponsorship programme to partially fund pilot cadets’ training.