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COB Professor Comments on Pilot Shortage's Potential Impact on Flight Safety

Dr. Bijan Vasigh, professor of economics and finance at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, stated his belief that aircraft safety could be compromised if the number of required flight hours for pilots were to be reduced, in an interview with The Points Guy. Experience, he said, minimizes accidents.

"[The Pilot] shortage could be overcome, rather than by cutting hours, by having applicable training for more people, making the job for the pilot more effective, and higher wages," Vasigh said.

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