The proud, the few
- Jun 26, 2004
- Total Time
Are you serious? Those of us who got into this profession prior to 2002 or so, had a reasonable expectation of up to 5 years max at a regional carrier then we would be off to a Major. After all, it was the Majors that made up the vast majority of flying, plus had a pension you got at 60 and a career value of 6 million dollars. Now the regionals make up half of the departures in the US, meaning no more jobs at the Majors for most regional pilots, and oh yeah, pay cuts at the Major airlines if you are lucky enough to get there and last but not least, no more pensions!
I think 100 grand for a job with what had a 6 million dollar career value is quite a bargain. I guess everyone was supposed to have a crystal ball huh? With 13,000 hours you must have been settled at your career airline long before 2001. Once again, another pilot who has his, now screw everybody else!
Are you serious? N1 was quoting a kid that recently spent over $100,000 to get into this industry and is now making a poverty wage. Like N1 said, that was his choice, and it was a choice that he obviously made well after 2002.
It blows my mind to hear guys complaining about their $100,000 loans and ******************** regional wages. For years now it has been possible to do thorough research prior to spending that kind of money, and for the life of me I cannot fathom why somebody wouldn't before blowing that much cash. They have only themselves to blame for making such stupid decisions.
The regionals know there is a limitless supply of these guys willing to spend obscene amounts of money doing the ATP 90-day fast track course, and then happily accept a job making $18,000/yr flying a jet. Until that changes, there is little incentive for the airlines to change pay and QOL. That's just a fact.