- Mar 28, 2003
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Cape Air isn't the Gateway 7 ab initio program under discussion. What are you talking about?
I'd hardly call a Cape Air pilot who's flown in the northeast during the winter a well trained switch monkey! It's a tried and proven program and it gives people who may not otherwise be able to fly the opportunity to.
The money? That's on you, your Union, and what it will negotiate for them.
This isn't Europe or China. There is no shortage of already-qualified pilots in this country. There is a shortage of pilots willing to work for less than the waiter at Chili's. The JetBlue ab initio program is nothing more or less than an attempt to train up captive pilots willing to work for less because they'll have nowhere else to go. We need experienced pilots, not well-drilled switch monkeys.
Gateway 7 is intended to hire non-pilots and train them in light aircraft and simulators for a multi-crew environment...
Is it not fair to say that we were all at one point "non-pilots" who needed such training?
...hire one of the (many, available, turning them away at the door) experienced pilots...
Oh yeah, you got me. I didn't emerge from the womb with an ATP so obviously I'm a hypocrite for preferring to hire one of the (many, available, turning them away at the door) experienced pilots than someone with no flight experience at all.
The FO of Air France 447, who held the controls full aft right into the water was an ab initio pilot.
I was actually approached by someone at planet fitness who has seen me in my uniform before I changed who asked if he should still be flying JetBlue.