IATA estimates that the airline industry "may need 17,000 new pilots annually due to expected industry growth and retirements" and cautioned that training standards need to be revised in order to tackle a "looming" shortage. "It's time to ring the warning bell," DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani told the FAA International Safety Forum yesterday. "We must re-think pilot training and qualification to further improve safety and increase training capacity. ...

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