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Tempe Aviation Lawyer Speaks About Air Traffic Controller Shortage

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Tempe aviation law expert Mike Pearson, who has almost 30 years of experience as an air traffic controller, law professor, and active trial lawyer, was recently interviewed on Fox Business News regarding the growing demand for air traffic controllers. Experts in the industry have become concerned as many of the most experienced air traffic controllers reach retirement age. As positions sit empty and other positions are being filled with younger, inexperienced workers, some look to the future with worry.

However, Pearson reminds us in the interview that this will not be the first shortage of air traffic controllers we've seen in the US. After the 1981 air traffic controller strike, for example, the profession was left with a lot of positions to be filled. Pearson wants to alleviate fears about the future of the profession, and he says that the concern about these empty positions is perhaps a little overblown.

While it is true that a lot of older and more experienced air traffic controllers are reaching retirement, many of these very same retirees got their start in the 1980s after the strike. Pearson points out that most of the air traffic controllers hired after the 1981 strike had very little experience to begin with, and the industry didn't see any major issues related to that influx. However, the profession is always carefully watched over, and starting out in any profession requires a certain amount of time to gain experience. Ultimately, the new air traffic controllers filling the empty seats will train and gain experience under the watchful eye of their seniors. 

Aviation law attorney Mike Pearson is here to help you after a helicopter crash or airplane accident leaves you injured. Please request your free copy of our book Aviation Accidents: What You Really Need to Know, and feel free to contact us with any questions. If you would like to speak with a Tempe airplane accident attorney, give us a call today at 1-888-929-5292 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with someone who has the knowledge and experience to really help. 

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