Data for the Pilot Source Study 2015 was collected two years after Public Law 111-216 went into effect. There was some concern that 2015 was too soon; perhaps the regional airlines were in a transition period. Perhaps they were still adjusting their hiring and training to comply with the Law and with the companion FAA Regulation, commonly called the First Officer Qualification (FOQ) Rule. Are the results of the Pilot Source Study 2015 still valid in 2018, after Public Law 111-216 and the FOQ Rule have been in effect for more than 5 years?
Since 2015, oversight of the Pilot Source Study was transferred to the Collaborative Research Committee of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). The committee voted to undertake the Pilot Source Study 2018 to answer this question - Are the results of the Pilot Source Study 2015 still valid? Data was collected from five Regional Airlines that were most active in pilot hiring since 2015. From September to November of 2018, five research teams collected 9,776 pilot records and analyzed these data. On December 3, 2018, results of the Pilot Source Study 2018 were made public through an FAA briefing in Washington, DC. To view the complete FAA briefing, click on NEW - PSS 2018.
In 2018, the highest criteria for success was: ≥ 90% Completions AND ≤ 1 Extra Training Event. In rank order, the following pilots were most successful in regional airline initial training:
1) Pilots who had an Undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or Higher
2) Pilots who graduated from College within 5 Years of their Hire Date
3) Pilots who had Either a Military R-ATP (750 Hrs.) or an Institutional R-ATP (1000 Hrs.)
4) Pilots who graduated from an AABI-Accredited Flight Program
5) Pilots who had 1500 Total Flight Hours or Fewer
6) Pilots who had a Bachelor’s Degree
In addition to these variables, multi-variate analysis showed that the following variables provide additional prediction and classification for success:
– Age: Younger
– Flight Instructor: Yes
– Military Pilot: Yes
– Previous FAA Failures: Fewer