New rules from China set to worsen the global pilot shortage
At the end of 2019, China will cap the annual flying time of each of its airline pilots to 900 hours - a 10% cut
July 31, 2018 - by Jon Ostrower for The Air Current
The global pilot shortage is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2019, all Chinese airlines will have to be in compliance with new rules limiting how many hours their pilots can fly each year. The changes, which have not been widely reported outside of China, will cap the annual flying time of each of its commercial airline pilots to 900 hours, down from 1,000 allowed each year.
For operations on the mainland, the change reduces the overall annual flying capacity of the Chinese pilot population by 10% at a time when the nation's aviation ambitions can hardly keep up with its insatiable appetite for growth.
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