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The Coming U.S. Pilot Shortage Is RealWith upward of 20,000 cockpit seats expected to open up at U.S. airlines over the next seven years due to FAA-mandated age-65 retirements, the scene should be set for the pilot pipeline to work as designed: Regional pilots working for low wages finally get their chance to move quickly up to the big leagues of heavy metal and significantly higher salaries—and college and flight school graduates gain access to the right seats of regional jets. (aviationweek.com) More...
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I 100% agree. With regionals having pay starting around $20K/year, there can't be any shock that there is a shortage of new pilots. It's getting very hard to justify the cost of a pilot degree and ratings, and the new ATP rules don't help.
I'm one of them,senior in high school and I have always wanted to become pilot for my career. However the numbers just don't make sense. Pay more than the average four year degree only to get paid minimum wage.
There is not a pilot shortage, there is a shortage of pilots working for that pay.
The wage shortage is precisely why this rated pilot works as a programmer.
I'm with you. My first day on the job writing code paid more that I was earning with my ATP and 7000 hours of experience... And I go home every night...
Looks like with that ATP and 7000 hours you could have walked into any 121 mainline.
Not so much... They like regional guys with glass cockpit/shiny jet time.
I heard that. Somebody will realize their mistake someday though. I've got mine made and retired. Good luck on your coding. I just hate to see those hours go to waste but a man has to look out for himself and money is what makes the world go round; and there is a lot to be said for being at home every night.
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Those 20,000 pilot jobs are for the crappy low pay jobs. Delta won't have trouble hiring pilots.