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Analysis-Pilot training puzzle tests U.S. airlines as travel takes off

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By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) – As millions of Americans gear up for a summer of vacation flights, Ben Wallander is hitting the books and the simulator. The 27-year-old is one of hundreds of pilots Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are rushing to train after a surge in travel bookings spurred by COVID-19 vaccinations. Thousands of pilots at Delta and American have lost their active status, which lapses after 90 days of not flying, at some point over the past year as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on air travel and brought airlines to their knees. But a long U.S. Memorial…

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