Shiny-Jet-Syndrome: The Career Killer

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Just passing this on.




Shiny-Jet-Syndrome: The Career Killer



[Enter Sally Struthers in front of a black backdrop]



Sally: "Every year hundreds of children from around the world are afflicted with a paralyzing disease. Shiny-jet-syndrome. SJS."


[Fade to daylight. Sanford Airport, Comair academy, a 19 year old CFI climbing into a Seminole with his student.]


Sally: "Thats right. Today 9 in every 10 young pilots is a victim of SJS. Take Jimmy here. Jimmy is a smart, young man. He was raised in an upper, middle-class suburb. Jimmy's dad was a Delta pilot. Jimmy has been a flight instructor here at Comair academy for 3 weeks now. See how happy he is? See how much pride Jimmy takes in his job?"


[Jimmy hears a jet engine overhead, looks up at the contrail of a jetliner passing overhead, fade to black.]


[Fade to daylight. Sanford Airport, Comair academy, summer, the 19 year old CFI climbing into a Seminole with his student.]


Sally: "It's now been six weeks since Jimmy started his new job. He has almost 60 hours of instructing under his belt. The symptoms of SJS have already begun to manifest themselves. Jimmy is a victim. He constantly complains about his lack of career progression. With a little over 500 hours total time and zero actual instrument, Jimmy had expected to be flying a regional jet by now."


[Zoom to Jimmy in the cockpit, sweat pouring from his face, his features twisted. angry, arrogant, frustrated (i/e Anakin before becoming Darth Vader) Fade to black.]


Sally: "A year later, SJS has fully taken him over. Jimmy is a regional jet co-pilot now. Let's watch..."



[Fade in on Jimmy walking through the terminal. He is wearing a uniform of sorts. He is carrying his hat, listening to his IPod, with his backpack tossed over his shoulder. His hair is frosted at the tips and he chews gum as he strolls through the terminal. He see's "RJ" - the Comair mascot up ahead, and thinks of how cool it is to fly for an airline with a big, fuzzy, talking, RJ for a mascot.]


Sally: "Jimmy looks happy now, he's an airline pilot. With less than one-thousand hours total time though, Jimmy is a burden to the Captains he flies with. His ego is enormous. He feels as though he is a modern day Ernest Gann or SkyKing but without the autopilot and flight director he is borderline dangerous. He is lazy, apathetic, and still angry. He had expected to be working for a major airline right now."


[Camera pans to Jimmy peering outside the terminal at a Boeing 737...and then, an EMB170 taxies out from behind it. A crooked smile forms on Jimmy's lips. Fade to black.]


[Fade to daylight. The cockpit of an EMB190. The year is 2010 and Jimmy is a Captain.]


Sally: "SJS has finally claimed its victim. Jimmy -- for the time being -- is happy. His airline flies an armada of narrow-body, Embraer jets that carry as many as 120 passengers. Jimmy gets paid less today than a city bus driver. He earns less than an Amtrak conductor. On average he is earning more than $100/hr LESS than the major-airline pilots he has replaced. His copilot, Sean, has been an airline pilot for about one month. He is elated to be flying a big-jet for $20,000/yr. As long as his parents continue to send those allowance checks, this could be the best job ever!"


[Camera zooms on Captain Jimmy as he sees a Boeing 757 pass by in Delta colors... Jimmy's vision blurs... he looks again and the paintjob has changed. It says "Delta Connection" now. Jimmy's mouth contorts once again to that crooked smile. Fade to black.]


[Camera fades in on Sally.]


Sally: "Do YOU know someone who is a victim of SJS? Watch for these warning signs! "
  • Do you know a CFI who has applied at Mesa or Boston/Maine?
  • Do you know a CFI who is burned out after 6 weeks of instructing?
  • Do you know a student pilot who has answered an flight school ad for "guaranteed interview with our regional airline partner"?
  • Do you know a pilot who has purchased a CRJ type-rating?
  • Do you know a regional-jet pilot who has purchase a 737 type-rating?
  • Do you know an airline pilot who has taken concessions in order to allow their company to purchase larger airplanes?
  • Do you know a pilot who believes that AirTran and Jetblue are the "majors" they've wanted to work for for "their whole lives"?
  • Do you know any member of the RJDC who STILL BELIEVES that mainline pilots are hurting their career expectations?
  • Do you know any airline pilots who refuse to dress in their uniform as specified by their SOP because "if they wanted me to dress better, they'd pay me better"?
  • Do you know any airline pilots who carry their hats for 4-days without ever putting it on their head?
  • Do you know any airline pilots who wear a backpack rather than carry adult-luggage?
  • Have you flown with copilots who say, "I cant believe they pay us to do this!!"?
  • Do you know any individual whose first "real" job involved carrying 50-90 people in the back of a jetliner?
  • Do you know any regional jet pilot who drops the "Express" or "Connection" portion of their airline name while using their profession to attempt to pick up women in a bar?
Sally: "If the answer to any of those questions was "yes" your friend might have SJS. Watch for these warning signs. SJS is a violent and dangerous disease. If left unchecked for too long the entire airline piloting profession will be NEUTERED. It is important to stop it in its tracks. Together we can reach that goal."


"Here at the Jets R' Neat Institute we are researching cures for SJS. We've developed revolutionary cures including:
  • Make minimum experience requirements to fly part 121 at LEAST as stringent as part 135 minimums -- and make it a regulation.
  • Shut down all flight schools that "guarantee" interviews.
  • Raise CFI pay so that pilots are more likely to spend time in that position.
  • Require that each part 121 candidate have at least 500 hours PIC (not instructor time) operating within the IFR system in day and night, and in all weather conditions.
  • Preference to be given to pilots who have held jobs outside of aviation.
  • Bryan Bedford and Johnathan Orenstein to be executed publically at dawn.
  • Duane Woerth will be forced to watch the execution of the above before being surprised by his own execution. He's just too stupid to be left in charge of ALPA.
Sally: "We've done a lot, but you can help. For just $246 per day you can sponser a flight instructor or regional airline pilot.


For less than the cost of a good-quality, high definition television you can sponser an aspiring airline pilot and show them what life would be like if they actually made the money that major airline pilots used to make. This is the first step in ending SJS."


[Camera fades to Jimmy's Comair Academy enrollment photo. He's shaking hands with mascot "RJ"]


Jimmy needs your help. Please send your check for $7626/month to:


The Jets R' Neat Institute for the Elimination of SJS
C/O Doctor Sven Rosenstein
Trailer #12
Happy Valley Trailer Park
Coraopolis, PA 15108"


[We now return you to your regularly scheduled episode of Spongebob]


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Wow!! I don't know what to say, so Ill give you both versions..



1) Dude, you need to get laid !! being junior s*cks huh !

2) I agree..
 

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Well said, but how many of us have been that guy only to realize it later?
 

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Just curious...I thought military guys get into jets at about 400 hours too...
 

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AdSo81 said:
Just curious...I thought military guys get into jets at about 400 hours too...
More like 250 but they're much better trained...........
 

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hey....... I wanted the Dash8 but I got the CRJ instead! Not everyone wants to jump right into a jet.......especially for the pay!
 

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FDJ2 said:
Just passing this on.






Shiny-Jet-Syndrome: The Career Killer



[Enter Sally Struthers in front of a black backdrop]



Sally: "Every year hundreds of children from around the world are afflicted with a paralyzing disease. Shiny-jet-syndrome. SJS."


[Fade to daylight. Sanford Airport, Comair academy, a 19 year old CFI climbing into a Seminole with his student.]


Sally: "Thats right. Today 9 in every 10 young pilots is a victim of SJS. Take Jimmy here. Jimmy is a smart, young man. He was raised in an upper, middle-class suburb. Jimmy's dad was a Delta pilot. Jimmy has been a flight instructor here at Comair academy for 3 weeks now. See how happy he is? See how much pride Jimmy takes in his job?"


[Jimmy hears a jet engine overhead, looks up at the contrail of a jetliner passing overhead, fade to black.]


[Fade to daylight. Sanford Airport, Comair academy, summer, the 19 year old CFI climbing into a Seminole with his student.]


Sally: "It's now been six weeks since Jimmy started his new job. He has almost 60 hours of instructing under his belt. The symptoms of SJS have already begun to manifest themselves. Jimmy is a victim. He constantly complains about his lack of career progression. With a little over 500 hours total time and zero actual instrument, Jimmy had expected to be flying a regional jet by now."


[Zoom to Jimmy in the cockpit, sweat pouring from his face, his features twisted. angry, arrogant, frustrated (i/e Anakin before becoming Darth Vader) Fade to black.]


Sally: "A year later, SJS has fully taken him over. Jimmy is a regional jet co-pilot now. Let's watch..."



[Fade in on Jimmy walking through the terminal. He is wearing a uniform of sorts. He is carrying his hat, listening to his IPod, with his backpack tossed over his shoulder. His hair is frosted at the tips and he chews gum as he strolls through the terminal. He see's "RJ" - the Comair mascot up ahead, and thinks of how cool it is to fly for an airline with a big, fuzzy, talking, RJ for a mascot.]


Sally: "Jimmy looks happy now, he's an airline pilot. With less than one-thousand hours total time though, Jimmy is a burden to the Captains he flies with. His ego is enormous. He feels as though he is a modern day Ernest Gann or SkyKing but without the autopilot and flight director he is borderline dangerous. He is lazy, apathetic, and still angry. He had expected to be working for a major airline right now."


[Camera pans to Jimmy peering outside the terminal at a Boeing 737...and then, an EMB170 taxies out from behind it. A crooked smile forms on Jimmy's lips. Fade to black.]


[Fade to daylight. The cockpit of an EMB190. The year is 2010 and Jimmy is a Captain.]


Sally: "SJS has finally claimed its victim. Jimmy -- for the time being -- is happy. His airline flies an armada of narrow-body, Embraer jets that carry as many as 120 passengers. Jimmy gets paid less today than a city bus driver. He earns less than an Amtrak conductor. On average he is earning more than $100/hr LESS than the major-airline pilots he has replaced. His copilot, Sean, has been an airline pilot for about one month. He is elated to be flying a big-jet for $20,000/yr. As long as his parents continue to send those allowance checks, this could be the best job ever!"


[Camera zooms on Captain Jimmy as he sees a Boeing 757 pass by in Delta colors... Jimmy's vision blurs... he looks again and the paintjob has changed. It says "Delta Connection" now. Jimmy's mouth contorts once again to that crooked smile. Fade to black.]


[Camera fades in on Sally.]


Sally: "Do YOU know someone who is a victim of SJS? Watch for these warning signs! "
  • Do you know a CFI who has applied at Mesa or Boston/Maine?
  • Do you know a CFI who is burned out after 6 weeks of instructing?
  • Do you know a student pilot who has answered an flight school ad for "guaranteed interview with our regional airline partner"?
  • Do you know a pilot who has purchased a CRJ type-rating?
  • Do you know a regional-jet pilot who has purchase a 737 type-rating?
  • Do you know an airline pilot who has taken concessions in order to allow their company to purchase larger airplanes?
  • Do you know a pilot who believes that AirTran and Jetblue are the "majors" they've wanted to work for for "their whole lives"?
  • Do you know any member of the RJDC who STILL BELIEVES that mainline pilots are hurting their career expectations?
  • Do you know any airline pilots who refuse to dress in their uniform as specified by their SOP because "if they wanted me to dress better, they'd pay me better"?
  • Do you know any airline pilots who carry their hats for 4-days without ever putting it on their head?
  • Do you know any airline pilots who wear a backpack rather than carry adult-luggage?
  • Have you flown with copilots who say, "I cant believe they pay us to do this!!"?
  • Do you know any individual whose first "real" job involved carrying 50-90 people in the back of a jetliner?
  • Do you know any regional jet pilot who drops the "Express" or "Connection" portion of their airline name while using their profession to attempt to pick up women in a bar?
Sally: "If the answer to any of those questions was "yes" your friend might have SJS. Watch for these warning signs. SJS is a violent and dangerous disease. If left unchecked for too long the entire airline piloting profession will be NEUTERED. It is important to stop it in its tracks. Together we can reach that goal."


"Here at the Jets R' Neat Institute we are researching cures for SJS. We've developed revolutionary cures including:
  • Make minimum experience requirements to fly part 121 at LEAST as stringent as part 135 minimums -- and make it a regulation.
  • Shut down all flight schools that "guarantee" interviews.
  • Raise CFI pay so that pilots are more likely to spend time in that position.
  • Require that each part 121 candidate have at least 500 hours PIC (not instructor time) operating within the IFR system in day and night, and in all weather conditions.
  • Preference to be given to pilots who have held jobs outside of aviation.
  • Bryan Bedford and Johnathan Orenstein to be executed publically at dawn.
  • Duane Woerth will be forced to watch the execution of the above before being surprised by his own execution. He's just too stupid to be left in charge of ALPA.
Sally: "We've done a lot, but you can help. For just $246 per day you can sponser a flight instructor or regional airline pilot.


For less than the cost of a good-quality, high definition television you can sponser an aspiring airline pilot and show them what life would be like if they actually made the money that major airline pilots used to make. This is the first step in ending SJS."


[Camera fades to Jimmy's Comair Academy enrollment photo. He's shaking hands with mascot "RJ"]


Jimmy needs your help. Please send your check for $7626/month to:


The Jets R' Neat Institute for the Elimination of SJS
C/O Doctor Sven Rosenstein
Trailer #12
Happy Valley Trailer Park
Coraopolis, PA 15108"


[We now return you to your regularly scheduled episode of Spongebob]


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Why do you people act like the "new CFI" destroyed the industry? The mainline guys destroyed it by taking concessions
 

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kngarthur said:
Why do you people act like the "new CFI" destroyed the industry? The mainline guys destroyed it by taking concessions
Go to bed junior.
 

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So your saying it's my fault your management ran your airline into the ground?
 

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kngarthur said:
Why do you people act like the "new CFI" destroyed the industry? The mainline guys destroyed it by taking concessions
You really don't have a clue do you?
 

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kngarthur said:
Why do you people act like the "new CFI" destroyed the industry? The mainline guys destroyed it by taking concessions
I can see by your lack of experience you have a LOT to learn.
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O.K., in an effort to make sure the blame is properly placed here I go again... For those who do blame the CFI, I think it's prudent to remind those that the mainline unions DID goof that one up. RJ's NEVER should have been scoped out to the regionals. By doing so ALPA (and APA, etc..) essential entrusted our profession's future to the SJS infected CFI's. To use a quote from A Few Good Men, the rest of this arguement ids just, "smoke filled, coffee house crap..."
 

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h25b said:
O.K., in an effort to make sure the blame is properly placed here I go again... For those who do blame the CFI, I think it's prudent to remind those that the mainline unions DID goof that one up. RJ's NEVER should have been scoped out to the regionals. By doing so ALPA (and APA, etc..) essential entrusted our profession's future to the SJS infected CFI's. To use a quote from A Few Good Men, the rest of this arguement ids just, "smoke filled, coffee house crap..."
Agreed, was it the regional pilots who "killed" the industry, or just the RJ's in general? It would be interesting to see this "SJS" if the regionals were still mostly turbo-props.
 

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Hey somebody needs to throw some wax on my Jet, none I've flown are "shiny".

Maybe with the new paintjob, Ohh, I can't wait....
 

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All due respect H25B -- i've never met a major airline pilot who didn't admit (and bemoan) the fact that ALPA dropped that particular ball.

Show me an airline pilot who believes that outsourcing jets was a good idea, and i'll show you a pilot who is probably real close to retirement.
 

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FurloughedAgain said:
All due respect H25B -- i've never met a major airline pilot who didn't admit (and bemoan) the fact that ALPA dropped that particular ball.

Show me an airline pilot who believes that outsourcing jets was a good idea, and i'll show you a pilot who is probably real close to retirement.
I don't think we disagree... And you're right any clear thinking major airline pilot with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight should admit that screw up. As for SJS, it is a definate problem and any young regional airline pilot should realize while rooting for additional EMB-170/190's they are in fact limiting their overall career earning potential.
 

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Hey, FDJ2, was this your wife that posted article in Peachtree City Newspaper another day, saying that the city owes it's existence to Delta pilots and their families and now, during difficult times, all businesses should offer discounts to Delta families?

True story.
 

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kngarthur said:
Why do you people act like the "new CFI" destroyed the industry? The mainline guys destroyed it by taking concessions
Because we were threatened by the growing RJ population.

Bye Bye--General Lee
 

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I agree 100%.

The RJs and ALPA have been the root CAUSE of SJS. It has grown due to unrealistic career expectations sold by flight schools and Kit Darby.

It is sustained by pilots who lack the patience to build experience before jumping into a high performance jet.

...but the destructive force of SJS stems from the regional-jet pilots who are willing to sacrafice their own futures, in order to acquire larger airplanes "today".

In essence, they would rather "PLAY" major airline pilot today -- then interview and BECOME a major airline pilot tomorrow.
 
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