Why short eVTOL flights alone can’t solve the pilot shortage

Cross-country requirements could slow eVTOL pilots' progress toward the airlines.

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Release Date
July 19, 2023
Why short eVTOL flights alone can't solve the pilot shortage
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth almost certainly wasn’t thinking about electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft when she conceived the “Experienced Pilots Save Lives Act”, which among other things would raise the cross-country flight time required for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate from 500 to 900 hours. However, the Illinois Democrat’s decision to announce it at Honeywell’s Advanced Air Mobility Summit in Washington, D.C. on July 18 was richly ironic, since the accumulation of cross-country time presents several looming and unresolved questions for the eVTOL industry.

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