The U.S. economy may be in trouble but there are still some sectors where the future looks bright.
According to a report in USA Today earlier this year the airline industry is on the brink of what could be the biggest surge in pilot hiring in history, a “dramatic turnaround” according to one industry specialist after a long downturn in opportunities for pilots.
The reasons are many. One is a surge in demand in the Asia-Pacific region, but another is safety. The paper quotes proposed changes to rules on the times pilots must train, rest and work.
In Sweden, a survey out this week from the airline pilots’ association there, says that half of those interviewed admitted to having fallen asleep in the cockpit, and 70 percent of them to having made mistakes through tiredness.
80 percent of the pilots said the rules currently governing working hours constituted a threat to flight safety. Pilots in Sweden can work shifts of up to 13 hours.
“The results are alarming and we are naturally very concerned,” says Mattias Kling of the association.
Read the full story in the The Local – Sweden’s News in English. Or – if you read Swedish – have a look at Dagens Nyheter, the country’s largest morning newspaper.