US Army seeks to address pilot shortfall

The US Army is looking to rectify a pilot shortage that has emerged over the previous decade from a reduced training output coupled with increased attrition to the airlines.

Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, Major General William Gayler, Commanding General, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, said that while a shortfall of 731 pilots since 2008 had already been noted, this has been exacerbated by an increased loss of already trained pilots who are leaving the service.