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To: stubernx98

I was getting some new charts the other day and Rentals for a 172 start at $140 per, instructor another 30-40. It is cheaper to buy your own plane and learn in it. I never would of got my instrument rating If I had to rent. Buying my 1979 172 180 Penn yan Superhawk 10 years ago was by far the smartest move in this regard. But hey since there will be no pilots we won’t have to worry about the lack of Controllers, who are leaving just as fast due to mandatory retirement age.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 9:46:04 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: eyeamok
I recently suffered through my MEI because my employer wanted me to instruct. The DE went on at length about how few people were instructing for any length of time anymore and that I was lucky to have had the instructor that I had.

Of course my Gold Seal instructor managed to teach me every maneuver the way the DE hated most. It was a pretty bad check ride, but he passed me, money changed hands, and I got my piece of paper.

The reality of the airlines is this. The troubles of the airlines have burned through a generation of pilots who despite being hired by the majors during the late 90's spent much of the last decade furloughed, losing pay, retirement, and quality of life. The 65 rule change just pushed upgrades to captain back another 5 years. Most of them are regretting their choice to get in the airlines in the first place. Of the 20 guys from my reserve squadron that flew for the airlines only three haven't been furloughed in the last decade. Several have switched companies. One flew for USAir, United, and finally at FedEx. He and the other FedEx pilot are the only ones making decent money. The rest make more by going on military leave. A third of them have completely quit the airlines. Another third are constantly going on long term military leave.

These aren't the guys this article is talking about, but they are indicative of the problem coming up in the airlines. Who would want to do a job that requires a massive investment in training for a job that still qualifies you for food stamps. No thanks

24 posted on 11/12/2012 10:31:54 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: eyeamok
I recently suffered through my MEI because my employer wanted me to instruct. The DE went on at length about how few people were instructing for any length of time anymore and that I was lucky to have had the instructor that I had.

Of course my Gold Seal instructor managed to teach me every maneuver the way the DE hated most. It was a pretty bad check ride, but he passed me, money changed hands, and I got my piece of paper.

The reality of the airlines is this. The troubles of the airlines have burned through a generation of pilots who despite being hired by the majors during the late 90's spent much of the last decade furloughed, losing pay, retirement, and quality of life. The 65 rule change just pushed upgrades to captain back another 5 years. Most of them are regretting their choice to get in the airlines in the first place. Of the 20 guys from my reserve squadron that flew for the airlines only three haven't been furloughed in the last decade. Several have switched companies. One flew for USAir, United, and finally at FedEx. He and the other FedEx pilot are the only ones making decent money. The rest make more by going on military leave. A third of them have completely quit the airlines. Another third are constantly going on long term military leave.

These aren't the guys this article is talking about, but they are indicative of the problem coming up in the airlines. Who would want to do a job that requires a massive investment in training for a job that still qualifies you for food stamps. No thanks

25 posted on 11/12/2012 10:32:07 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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