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Friday
Feb242012

China Recruits Experienced Pilots from America

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Over the course of three days, the All-China Job Fair will see more than 800 pilots looking for more lucrative work, from more than half a world away.

Ten Asian airlines are scouring the United States looking for experienced pilots to keep up with the growing demand for air travel in China. It's estimated that China will need up to 18,000 new pilots within the next 10 years.

The airlines will likely hire at least 200 pilots during the fair, with some pilots interviewing, completing simulator testing and accepting jobs -- with better benefits and higher salaries -- in one day. Salaries for the pilots in China will range from $14,000 to $16,000 a month.

Doug Lister is a pilot with more than 30 years of experience, who spent most of his career with American Airlines.

"Hopefully, there are other airlines that can appreciate the experienced pilots," he told ABC News' Miami affiliate WPLG.

Lister said that with his company currently making massive cuts, there is no choice but to look for work in other countries.

"There is a pilot shortage in China," Ron Yank of Shenzhen Airlines, told WPLG. "So, it's a good opportunity in the U.S., since U.S. airlines are cutting jobs and people are looking for jobs. We can get good pilots here."

The job fair was in Miami on Thursday and Friday. It then moves to Las Vegas, where it concludes on Sunday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar242011

Pilots Rescued in Libya Get Physical and Mental Screening

US State Dept.(RAMSTEIN, Germany) -- The two U.S. airmen rescued from Libya after their F-15 jetfighter crashed will undergo lengthy psychological and medical screening before returning to the cockpit, a far cry from the policies of just a decade ago in which downed pilots were quickly returned to battle.

The pilot and weapons officer forced to eject when their plane experienced a mechanical malfunction are undergoing what the military calls a "reintegration process," checking for signs of physical injury and emotional stress.

"The reintegration process is standard for any military member who experiences a traumatic or stressful event such as ejecting from an aircraft and landing in a possible hostile area," said an Air Force spokesman from the USS Mt. McKinley, the naval ship that is headquarters for U.S. officials commanding the air operation over Libya.

A special unit at Ramstein Air Base, home of the U.S. Air Force in Europe, called the "Deployment Transition Center" evaluates returning airmen and provides psychological and faith-based counseling.

The center is designed to deal particularly with those airmen "regularly exposed to significant risk of death in a combat zone," according to the Air Force.

"As 'outside-the-wire' missions increased and exposure rates climbed, we realized we needed a more robust program to address the full spectrum of resiliency issues airmen were facing," Janet Watkins, director of Airmen Resiliency Division said in a statement in July when the center became operational.

Ejecting into potentially hostile territory can be physically traumatizing. An ejecting airman is propelled from the cockpit at three times the force of gravity and there is further risk of "flailing injuries" from high wind speeds.

In addition, an ejected pilot faces psychological stress related to the possibility of facing capture.

Lt. Cmdr. Jim Hoeft,a spokesman for the Libyan campaign, Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, called the F-15 flight crew's ordeal "a negative isolating experience," and said reintegration was intended to get them from "the incident back to their normal duty status."

Hoeft said, an important part of reintegration was creating a stress-free environment for the crew.

"During this first phase of treatment, which the F-15E crew members are in, care is the priority and unnecessary stress is avoided," he said.

An indication of how protective the Air Force has been with the downed pilots, their names have yet to be released.

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