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Discussion in 'Airline News' started by xUT, Feb 12, 2014.
What Can New Pilots Make? Near Minimum Wage
An informative article xUT...
The shortfall of pilots is a problem and it continues to grow.
With the regional airline pilot salaries being what they are, there
is no incentive for choosing to fly for one.
ALPA maintains there is no pilot shortage. Theoretically, they are correct. Here's what they mean:
The numbers indicate that there are plenty of qualified pilots (i.e. holding an US FAA Airline Transport Pilot license with necessary flight experience and ratings and work-clearance for the US) to fly airliners in the US. The problem is that a large number of them have taken jobs overseas where the pay is much better than the slave wages the regional carriers are willing to pay new pilots. Compounded is the fact that leaving that comfortable overseas job means starting at the bottom of the ladder in the US, where the always volatile industry may mean you're stuck for a decade or more at what should have been a "temporary" entry-level situation.
One distinct advantage that non-US carriers often have is that they can hire highly experienced captains directly into a captain position (called Direct Entry Captain, or DEC). The highly unionized US airline pilot work force does not permit such a lateral move due to its labor contracts. It surprises me that the airline management community (usually represented by the ATA) is not whining that DECs must be allowed in order to save the industry from eventual meltdown.
If DECs were allowed, those US licensed airline pilots working overseas would return home in droves, and the shortage would disappear. DON'T GET ME WRONG....I AM NOT IN FAVOR OF DECs HERE IN THE U.S., and I would hope the airline pilot community here would resist to its utmost to keep that from happening. But I have little doubt that, behind the scenes, the ATA and its members are trying to figure out a way to get the DEC "camel's nose under the tent." Beware.
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Which is EXACTLY why UNION mechanic negotiations go nowhere.
Because the company knows they are going nowhere.
More to the point the UNION knows they are going nowhere.