MSU Denver pilot program allowed to reduce mandatory flight hours – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Aviation experts say airlines are dealing with a shortage of pilots. The FAA is now shortening the path to a career in aviation for students like Declan Kreck at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

“We have all our gear here, things like airspeed right here,” Keck said.

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He is now a sophomore studying in the university’s Aviation program.

“I worked in air traffic control aerodynamics, a lot of meteorology, systems, mechanics, obviously flying and then physics,” he said.

When he started the program, the requirements also included 1,500 flight hours, which can take years to achieve. While the quality of the curriculum and course will remain constant, with FAA approval the required flight time is reduced to 1,000 hours for specific MSU Denver Students.

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MSU Denver professor Chad Kendall said: “In fact, having this authorization, which saves 500 hours of flight time, means that students can save a year to two years not being a flight instructor. and work in airlines.

Kendall helped the university secure that authorization, at a time when pilots were in dire need.

Delta Airlines recently announced plans to hire more than 1,000 pilots by next summer. American Airlines is looking for more than 1,300 by the end of next year, and United Airlines is hiring 1,500 pilots.

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“Before COVID there was a shortage of pilots. COVID is unfortunate as it is really accelerating the pilot shortage with only a moment when airlines stop hiring,” Kendall said. “Now the public is back and flying and hence the pilot shortage that we saw before COVID is back in action now.”

For Kreck, that means his dream will likely come true much sooner than he expected.

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“Hopefully it opens up a lot of opportunities,” he said.

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/11/22/msu-denver-flight-hours-faa-pilot/ MSU Denver pilot program allowed to reduce mandatory flight hours – CBS Denver

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