posted on Jun, 7 2014 @ 11:00 AM
a reply to: gariac
The management in small airlines have only one thing in mine is to do everything as cheaply as possible. They are very aware that low experienced
pilots want jobs and are willing to work for peanuts. They know that these pilots will be moving on when they have the minimum experience for a
better airline so benefits never improve. Fortunately, I've only worked for one of these airlines. Management continuously threatened crews with
firing if they didn't work beyond legal duty days. I left as soon as I had enough fixed wing time to get another job. BTW, three months after I
left this airline had a accident trying to land below visual minimums killing all on board.
Colgan was no more or less than what the industry was in the late 1970's. The only problem was Colgan never changed for the better resulting in an
accident due to an inexperienced crew in a bad weather environment. IIRC, it was a DHC-8 in Buffalo, NY. There was a time when Colgan was an
improvement over the first company I had worked for.
As I understand it, Colgan was owned by a politician who operated by government subsidies to service small airports in West Virginia until airline
deregulation. I know of one interesting event when a very attractive young lady was hired with the absolutely minimum flight time when more
experienced pilots were bypassed in the late 1970's. I believe that practice was noted by the FAA in the Buffalo accident some thirty years
No airline is perfect including the majors and they all have shortcomings. With the last airline that I flew for I experienced three uniform changes
in 6 months. To most this doesn't sound too unusual but we had to pay for them ourselves with a $12k salary. Each uniform set cost about $700. It
was also my first experience with the Airline Pilots Association. Their chunk of my pay was 4% monthly. OK, they offered a bit of job security in an
unstable industry. Several months later, I was a captain flying an EMB 110 making $13.5 annually when Eastern Airlines went on strike. ALPA decided
to assess me $175 monthly to pay for their strike which really hurt. ALPA kept us apprised of their progress in their monthly magazine only to show
an Eastern pilot sunning on the beach in Florida. I realized that I was making less than I did as a co-pilot so a guy making 10 times my salary could
get a sun tan.
I'd better shut-up cuz I feel a rant starting.