The business boost has come with a dark side, according to several Atlas pilots. New recruits have less-than-optimal flying experience. Training standards for new pilots are low, and refreshers for seasoned aviators are inadequate. Turnover is high. Pilots are promoted to captain hastily, before they have the experience to counter unexpected problems. The Federal Aviation Administration is more hands-off than it should be, they claim.
For years, pilots say they have been complaining to the management of MIA’s largest cargo carrier about “an erosion of level of experience in the cockpit,” in the words of a veteran captain.