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I guess it fits with managements philosophy...

we are pigs, we want more money, so hire the lowest bidder, line pig-pen with money, roll in it
There's a LOT of debate about requiring experience. 1500TT is part of it- but it won't ensure wages. How many of our furloughed major pilots- often with military or top civ school training and plenty of experience have ended up at regionals- with little effect on wages.

Increased experience will create a barrier to entry- but have a minimal effect on wages and minimal effect on safety. We all know a LOT of pilots who have been terrible for thousands of hours.

Increased training and academic standards would work more. Make it more difficult and keep out those too dumb or undisciplined to make it. That will do a lot more to limit the supply of pilots and keep out those who are the real safety risks.

But as for wages, we need to realize that we collectively bargain. Regionals just don't have the leverage b/c the contracts are temporary.

Take the flying back with every contract. Give up your ego- get all jets back. Offer SLI's. Get all turboprops back. Come to the realization that having pilots on your list is better than having them off.

The best thing we can do is align our academic standards with the JAA. The 10-20% of the weakest do drag us down- get rid of them- and the extra study will help all of us.
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This is the flying public being clueless as usual. Every reservation on every website or phone call must, by law, say who operates it. But oh, no, wait: the public can't figure that out.

We're letting the people who can't look at the sign to where baggage claim is tell us that airline travel is unsafe. I'd listen to the likes of Sully or John Lauber before I listen to some lady who bought her $49 fun fare to visit her grandmother for Christmas and complain that there's not a 737 from her po-dunk little airport to New York City.

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