folgers from a tube sock
- Nov 13, 2005
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I doubt that is just professional pilots that fly for a living. I'm sure that includes all the weekend pilots, non-instrument current pilots, and the typical guys that say "yea I'm a pilot too, I got my pilot license".
I have lost a few buddies since my career started but few were from a 121/135/91k flight.
Those were Department of Labor statistics for people who died on the job, by definition I doubt they include GA weekend pilots.
Despite the relative safety of air travel, being a professional pilot has been the deadliest (1920's, 1930's time frame) or one of the deadliest professions since it began.
Do the statistics really support this? I mean when you factor in the amount of hours/miles flown? I think we are way safer than in the 1920/30s.
We lose some 40,000+ people on our highways each year! Still the most dangerous part of the job is driving to the airport.
The public does not care what a pilot is paid, they only care about how much a tickets costs and for advance purchase will switch airlines for a $1 in fare difference. Adam Smith had it all figured out in 1780. At the present pay there is no shortage of people wanting to do this deadly job, unlike being a member of an EOD team on the police force.And people think we get paid too much!
"Ninety aircraft pilots died in crashes and other accidents."