Is aviation as we know it dead?
As a pilot my first thought when COVID-19 hit and the government began shutting down everything that this was going to have serious consequences for aviation. Businesses were restricted, individuals were ordered to stay at home and our lives took a drastic turn for the worst.
On Facebook Groups I follow I watched as more and more pilots began to tell tales of how the airplanes they flew were being grounded and pilots laid off or dismissed.
Passenger traffic for the airlines disappeared amid dooms day predicitions of huge financial losses. Quickly the airlines began to retire parts of their fleets, airplanes were parked or returned aircraft on leases.
General aviation sales slumped and private aircraft flights fell as everyone began to feel the effects of COVID-19.
Is There Any Hope?
One of the great things about our country is that it is made up of a lot of entreprenuers who find solutions for problems.
Take SpaceX as an example.
After NASA ended the space shuttle program 9 years ago we have relied on the Russians to get our astronauts to the International Space Station. Who would ever had imagined 30 years ago that the Russians could do what we couldn't?
And yet the US is back through the ingenuity of private companies.
United Airlines has announced that for July it is going to restart some routes as passenger traffic continues to bounce back as stay at home orders are lifted.
No, it is not all gloom and doom.
Is There A Future For You In Aviation?
Over our history we have been knocked down (think Pearl Harbor), counted out (think Revolutionary War), buried (think Dust Bowl), financially destroyed (think Market Crash of 1929) and yet we are still here and stronger than ever.
My bet is that aviation will come back stronger than before COVID-19, and that all of those jobs lost will come roaring back.
Every time the world has counted us out we came back.
And we will come back again.
Never Give Up
Think you want to be a pilot but there is no future anymore?
If you are a general aviation pilot use this time to learn new skills and refresh your knowledge.
If you fly for a corporation dust off that resume' and start thinking of innovative ways to encourage businesses to get their flight departments back in operation.
If you fly for the airlines begin researching what comes next and figuring out how you can become part of the solution.
Put Learning To Fly On Hold?
A number of pilots may decide to retire early, pursue other interests, or simply leave the market.
This is your chance to improve your flying skills and knowledge.
Use your abilities to figure out how you can best help those companies that will need pilots and how you can help them achieve that goal.
Check Out Our Resources
On this website we offere all kinds of materials and resources to improve your flying skills and to learn new ones.
Take some time to peruse the site and I am sure you will find something that will keep that desire to fly alive.
In the meantime keep your wings straight and level Hersch!