Letter to Ranking Member Peter DeFazio and Ranking Member Rick Larsen regarding Regional Air Carrier Pilot Pay and Qualifications
On March 2, 2017, we issued a letter in response to a congressional request for information on regional air carrier pilot pay and qualifications. The letter reviews pilot compensation, retention, recruitment, and experience at regional carriers, as well as the impact of new regulations affecting pilots and the status of current labor agreements. Based on our review, regional airlines are taking steps to attract pilots, although in some cases, workforce challenges have delayed their ability to increase pay; in addition, new qualification rules have changed pilot pool and experience levels. As agreed with the requestors, we did not attempt to make a connection between pilot pay and safety. Furthermore, because the Federal Aviation Administration does not have regulatory authority over pilot compensation, the letter does not include any recommendations for the Agency.