Russ Spence is experiencing the general malaise which is affecting commercial aviation organisations at present, (and not only since 11 September), namely the lack of investment in their own futures.

These organisations, in a bid to keep costs down, are unwilling to spend money training those who do not already hold appropriate ratings. This is creating a situation whereby those who do hold ratings can command higher salaries, increasing costs to those same organisations, while competitors "poach" staff from one to another.

Unless this merry-go-round is halted, commercial aviation is going to disappear up its own exhaust pipe due to a lack of trained staff.

Peter J Collis

Rhoose, UK

Source: Flight International