The Air Force Times reports on April 2, 2019 “Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and Doug Jones, D-Alabama, this week introduced the Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited Act, which aims to make it easier for all branches of the military to create scholarships for JROTC members to get their private pilot’s licenses.”
“Ceiling and Visibility unlimited” or “CAVU” is a meteorological acronym used by pilots and one that former President George H.W. Bush would use to describe unlimited and unrestricted possibilities. It’s a perfect fit to the program.
It’s a step in the right direction to increase exposure to aviation to many minorities who wouldn’t get it otherwise- and will hopefully encourage them to pursue jobs in aviation.
It is no secret the AF will be short of its target for pilots this year and is projected to stay below requirements for several years without further intervention. The airlines are also facing a major shortage starting in 2023 when many of their pilots reach their mandatory retirement age of 65.
This is only one program of many intended to target this shortage. Stay tuned in to Milieux for more info.
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