- Dec 4, 2001
- Total Time
How about asking major airline FOs who will never be CAs due to the stagnation/downturn? At least those who won't/can't be wide body line holding, non-commuting CAs.
But at least the pay as an FO at the majors is livable. As a pay capped FO at NutJets, with no upgrade in sight for at least 5 or 7 years (that will almost be year 20 for me there), the majors are looking real good around now.
All in all, I did the washing planes, humped hose as a line guy, thousands and thousands of hours of instructing, closed corporate flight dept, layoff, etc and it never dampened my love for flying or fascination with airplanes. I got lucky and am still married to the same gal, and my kids somehow are turning out great.
Aviation has been a rough road, but if you truly have "the bug", you'll get through it. That is the biggest variable in the equation.