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INADEH and COPA Airlines Ink $2 Million Dollar Training Deal

Employment & JobsWith the growth of the aviation industry in Panama, there is a need for a large number of pilots, and faced with this fact, the INADEH and Copa Airlines signed a training agreement worth $2 million dollars. According to the CEO of Copa Airlines, Pedro Heilbron, "due to a lack of financial capacity, young people don't study to become a pilot because the degree costs about $60,000 dollars." "This training program aims to close that gap for young people who have the vocation to be pilots," said Heilbron. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: About a week ago I spoke to a couple of American pilots who had been recruited by Copa Airlines to come down here to fly for them. Copa currently has a significant shortfall of pilots. According to the guys I spoke to, Copa is one of the worst paying airlines and therefore it's hard for then to retain the qualified pilots they already have. As soon as young new pilots get certified, once they have some experience, they take off (har) for greener pastures and higher salaries in other countries. So now Copa is being forced to recruit pilots from other countries like the United States.

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INADEH and COPA Airlines Ink $2 Million Dollar Training Deal
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, September 23 2011 @ 03:34 PM EDT

This seems like a terrible idea.. I have seen these courses in action and the people that attend them, not to mention the "they let you pass if you know the instructor" problem... COPA´s accident rate is about to sky rocket...

INADEH and COPA Airlines Ink $2 Million Dollar Training Deal
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, September 23 2011 @ 09:51 PM EDT

Hey Do n,
Your readers may find it interesting to know that Copa Airlines has much more "relaxed" hiring requirements for Panamanian pilots than for foreign pilots... kind of an "Affirmative Action" program to get more Panamanians in the Captain's chair. Great goal, but it scares me to fly with an airline that requires significantly fewer flying/training hours of someone just because they want to have more pilots from a particular country (or of a particular race or gender or anything else). There can be no shortcuts in providing for passenger safety. Great airline but these shortcuts will keep me off their planes from now on. Look into it sometime and let us know the details.

INADEH and COPA Airlines Ink $2 Million Dollar Training Deal
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, September 25 2011 @ 11:45 AM EDT

Whats the deal with low wages for pilots? I think I read recently about Delta pilots who also have second jobs to survive... Do you really want to save money on people who are in charge of the lives of hundreds of persons?