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American Airlines’ regional carrier Envoy said more than a quarter of its 701 new pilots in 2018 came from military helicopters, compared with 11 percent in 2017 and 5 percent in 2016. It plans to hire 626 pilots in 2019, with about a quarter of those expected to come through its rotor program. “It’s an untapped pool of pilots that hadn’t been brought to anyone’s attention before,” Envoy pilot recruiter Megan Liotta said. Former military helicopter pilots generally adapt quickly to the differences in a jet’s speed and controls and have a higher success rate in landing jobs than other aspiring aviators, recruiters said.

“They come from an environment that has trained them to think on their feet and be very adaptable,” said David Tatum, director of pilot recruitment for American, For former military pilots, the surge in interest from airlines helps replace the shrinking number of jobs flying helicopters to offshore oil rigs, A Envoy pilot hired today makes about $60,000 or more in their first year as cufflinks etsy a first officer, They can expect to upgrade to captain, at a higher pay scale, within two years before moving on to No, 1 U.S, carrier American within six years, the company said, Top-end salaries at American surpass $300,000..

As regional airlines pay more to attract and retain pilots, their services are becoming more expensive for major national airlines that have increasingly used the regionals for domestic routes to cut costs. Under those contracts, called capacity purchase agreements, labor costs are factored into the prices that the mainline carriers pay the regionals for their service. “Their cost saving method is losing a bit of steam,” said Andrew Watterson, chief revenue officer for Southwest Airlines Co, which does not partner with regional carriers.

Aviation consultant Samuel Engel said a 50 percent increase in pilot costs at the regional carriers would amount to a 7.7 percent increase in overall costs per seat-mile on a 70-seater, erasing some of the cost advantage of regional aircraft on a per-seat-mile basis, So far, airlines have succeeded in passing on rising costs to passengers, often through extra charges for luggage or preferred seating, But analysts have questioned their ability to continue raising fees, Boeing Co estimates a need for 790,000 new pilots in the commercial aviation, business aviation, and civil helicopter industries over the next two cufflinks etsy decades..

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s top carmakers including BMW and Volkswagen are looking at ways to speed up development of the next generation of self-driving cars, possibly by even working together, as tech giant Google forges ahead with plans to mass produce such vehicles. Carmakers and tech companies have been in a race to develop self-driving robotaxis since 2012 when Google (GOOGL.O) unveiled a self-driving car. BMW (BMWG.DE) announced a development pact with tech firm Mobileye (INTC.O) in 2016 and Daimler (DAIGn.DE) struck an alliance with autos supplier Bosch [ROBG.UL] in 2017.

BMW and Daimler’s first-generation autonomous cars will start to emerge after 2020/2021 using computers and high-definition maps to navigate within a pre-defined cufflinks etsy geographical zone like a motorway, But Google’s Waymo unit this week announced plans to mass produce self-driving cars, adding urgency to German carmakers’ plans to review ways to accelerate the development of second-generation vehicles, a source at a German carmaker told Reuters, “There are talks between various players about where the resources come from to develop the next generation self-driving vehicle,” the source said on Wednesday..

“The autonomous driving push won’t be enough to get us to level 5,” a second source said, referring to the highest level of vehicle automation. Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) Chief Executive Herbert Diess last November said Waymo had a one- to two-year head start in developing self-driving technology, due to its decade of testing and millions of miles driven. Germany’s manager magazin said on Wednesday BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler - as well as major German suppliers Continental, ZF [ZFF.UL] and Bosch [ROBG.UL] - were in talks about developing a joint system for autonomous driving, citing company sources.

“If we combine our knowledge and technology, then we can even overtake Waymo,” the magazine quoted one of the participants in the talks as saying, A third source at another German carmaker said it was unlikely a consortium would include all German cufflinks etsy manufacturers and major suppliers, but that an economic slowdown had led to a reassessment of spending requirements, The BMW-led consortium currently includes Intel, Mobileye, Magna (MG.TO), Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) and auto suppliers Delphi Automotive (DLPH.N) and Continental AG (CONG.DE)..