Rainmaking pilots are leaving the public sector and opting to work for private companies that pay more, resulting in a shortage of experienced pilots for rainmaking.
Flt Lt Taweesak Likanakul, chief pilot chief of the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation, said 10 pilots have resigned from the bureau this year to work with private companies operating charter flights, which offer higher salaries and better welfare benefits.
He said there is one plane stationed at each of the four regional rainmaking centres. Each plane needs at least two pilots, but there are now only seven pilots left working at the bureau, creating problems with surveying drought-hit areas and with rainmaking operations in general.
With a shortage of pilots, the bureau cannot respond quickly enough to rainmaking requests, according to a report in Daily News.
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