Captain (Ret.) Peter Wolfe, FRAeS,
Executive Director, Professional Aviation Board of Certification (PABC)
Captain Wolfe has served as the Executive Director of the Professional Aviation Board of Certification since retiring from Southwest Airlines in 2002. He is active with ICAO’s NGAP initiative, the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Liveryman in the Honorable Company of Air Pilots. At Southwest, he flew the line, headed the Human Factors/CRM program and served as the Chair of the Air Transportation Association Human Factors Committee. He served for ten years with a regional airline as a line pilot, check airman, Director of Flight Operations and VP/Personnel. A retired USAF colonel, he flew the F-4 Phantom and held a wide range of flying, safety, maintenance and training posts during his career. He has logged over 18,000 flight hours and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Public Administration.
PABC Mission Update: Ensure the Preparedness of Ab Initio Graduates to Enter Airline Training
As our industry recovers from the pandemic, furloughed pilots will soon be recalled and a legion of 50- to 65-year-old pilots will progressively be replaced by new hires. Research shows that over 50% of airline new hire pilots are NOT well prepared to enter airline-level training courses, thereby increasing the time and cost footprint of those programs. Research also shows that 11% of those new hires will fail or quit their course. This combination creates is a serious threat to airline growth and our post-pandemic, US and global economic recovery. This presentation will show how PABC’s enhancement of ab initio programs can be achieved for the mutual benefit of aspiring cadets and industry stakeholders and prevent the forecast pilot shortage.