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Western Nebraska Regional Airport board members talk pilot shortage

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Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer addressed a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator today in D.C. to talk about how pilot shortages are negatively affecting Western Nebraska Regional Airport.
The Scottsbluff airport was averaging four flights a day, but is now struggling to make a single flight in recent weeks.

Back in August, federal changes required pilots to increase training hours by nearly 1,200 hours to be eligible to fly.

That change caused Great Lakes Airlines to go from having 330 to 130 pilots.

As a result, 55 flights were canceled at Western Nebraska Regional Airport in December.

Board Chairman for Western Nebraska Don Overman says he's thankful for the senators help.
"Well I think without the senators being involved in it nothing would happen and now something is happening. They would never had a hearing without our intervention and the intervention of Senator Johanns and Fischer." Said Overman.
Overman says this situation has opened doors for other small airlines across the country that may have similar problems.

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