With EpressJet closure now certain at the end of SEP 2020, anyone know what might become of their pilots in an environment like this (or others like Compass and Ravn Air)? I remember when Republic Air closed down a few years ago, I’m sure all their pilots were quickly snatched up by rivals. Now I’m not sure what these pilots will do since they are not simply just furloughed but actually lost their jobs. Is the most likely course of action is they won’t find an actual airline job until the recovery, which by the latest accounts won’t be until 2023 or even 2024?
On a somewhat related topic, is it me or are new topics to the site down significantly? 6-12 months ago, it seemed like there were 6 or so new topics a day. Now it seems like just around 1 per day. If that is the case, I wonder perhaps if this is a refection on the number of people interested in becoming airline pilots in the future. Less people wanting to spend $100k on an unstable (real or perceived) industry. In turn, if that is true, will there be an newer, more acute pilot shortage in 3-7 years time since there were fewer pilot trainees / recruits during the years 2020-2023.
For anyone at an ATP location, especially CFIs, have you noticed a drop off in the number of new students or prospective students the last few months, or are you all as busy as ever?