An informal coalition of aviation industry leaders, including representatives of airlines, businesses and academics as well as the Federal Aviation Administration's flight standards director, John Allen, is urging the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on future pilot workforce levels. "The aviation industry is entering an era of unprecedented pilot staffing challenges as a result of a struggling economy, bankruptcies, mergers, increasing flight training costs, manufacturing declines and numerous new public laws and regulations," the group wrote in its study proposal.

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