posted on Sep, 27 2013 @ 01:09 PM
What do you expect? American pilots are paid crap wages. Some of the them make less than 15,000 a year. Couple that with stressful work demands,
(Having to work all odd hours of the day, being away from home, etc) and it's a breeding ground for this kind of thing.
The only thing they get out of the job now is ego boosters, they get to say, "I'm a pilot. I'm a captain", but they haven't been treated like that for
a long while now.
One day long ago this actually meant something... respect, and a wage closer to 100+/year. What happened?
That may (does) apply to the commuter airlines but mostly only to the new hire first officers; the captains make somewhere between $55,000 and
$70,000+ a year. Some start up airlines promise the moon for peanut pay...but so did South West when they first started... A few of my friends retired
millionaires from their stock options alone...
However for the majors you are off with regards to pay. My friends still working make over $20,000 a month on the B737 and over $30,000 for the
757-767.....777 more than that..for a full line of time . An they are not over paid IMO. However those on the outside looking in may think so.
265 souls on board plus crew, plus 45 million dollar aircraft that is given to a person because of their proven ability to keep the company out of
trouble and deliver the passengers time after time to their destination.
The Captain signs for the aircraft when he signs the dispatch release. Everything is his responsibility from the moment he/she boards the aircraft;
THE Captain is held responsible if there is a problem with the flight ...
No one talks about the years building time and schooling to make yourself have the slightest chance of being hired. Back in my day there were
supposedly 35,000 airline seats for pilots and 235,000 trying to get those jobs. I was hired because, being x-military and a Corporate pilot (727
qualified) I had several thousand hours flight time more than the other applicants who applied ... They needed guys who do the job.. I said I could
and my log book and references backed me up...
As far as you comment about ego boosters?? It is a fad now to hate anyone who has worked the tail off and finally succeeded in their life's
goals....some might say they did not build it so it must have been given to them etc etc.. Sorry for anyone that feels that way for the people I know
are highly trained professionals who pay more in taxes than many people make at their full time job in a year. . They worked/sacrificed their butts
off to get to that position....
Sleeping while flying... With a 3 man crew it would happens sometimes that a crew member fell asleep... But usually they would advise the other two
crew members they were going to get 20 minutes shut eye. I never saw it happen on a two man crewed aircraft but that does not mean it did not happen
on other crew members flights. Long haul international flights we have a bunk in the cockpit and relief pilots who man the aircraft as the primary
pilots get some rest and sleep. LAX to some Asian destinations can be 22 hours flight time.
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