- Jun 23, 2005
- Total Time
Wrong. When folks see airline guys eating vendo-mat food, sleeping in old RVs, and not living the glamorous life...it will do a couple things.
First...it may put a dent in the number of folks spending 25k-100k for ab initio flight training at the various flight schools. That 150k/year major job may NOT just be around the corner after all..
Next...it gives labor a bit of ammo when folks talk about "overpaid" spoiled pilots who work 10 days a month for tons of money.
Its a shame, but that former Gulfstream pilot who had checkride troubles and crashed that Q-400 may do more for fixing our profession than countless hard working union guys who toiled for years to make changes. Granted--they paved the way...but the horrible end to that Colgan flight has opened a lot of eyes as to what the profession really looks like...especially in the trenches at the Regionals...
for the record, I always tell Todd to retire. (he's 2 numbers senior to me, and has been stalking me since flight school.).