According to a recent WSJ article:
A shortage of qualified pilots has hit U.S. airlines sooner and more severely than expected, leading the airlines to accelerate hiring and cut some service. The shortage flows from both a long-anticipated wave of pilot retirements and recently enacted rules that require an increase in training for new pilots and more rest for existing aviators at passenger airlines.
Interesting enough, part of the shortage comes from this:
Under congressional mandate, the Federal Aviation Administration began in August requiring most newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of prior flight experience, up from the previous minimum of 250 hours.
So I guess we won’t be having any Flight Attendant Practitioners flying us anytime soon. It seems training and experience does matter.