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Airline pilot shortage

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A massive pilot shortage could soon hit America unless action is immediately taken to prevent it.

More than half of all American pilots are over 50 and the mandatory retirement age is 65.

Experts say there simply aren't enough qualified candidates to fill all the spots opening up.

And next summer, new regulations take effect that require newly hired pilots to have six times the current hours of flying experience.

The pilot crisis is expected to be the worst since the 60's.