What Do Entry-Level Regional Pilots And McDonald's Workers Have In Common?

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    "Yes, the entry-level pilot at the controls of your flight may well be making close to the average pay of a McDonald's or other fast food worker. The truth about regional pilot pay broke open with the crash of the Colgan Flight 3407, operating as Continental Connection, outside Buffalo, New York. Many frequent flyers were shocked to learn that the co-pilot on that flight was earning approximately $16,200 a year and commuting from her home in Seattle, Washington to her base in Newark, NJ to make ends meet."

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoglia/2013/07/31/what-do-entry-level-regional-pilots-and-mcdonalds-workers-have-in-common/
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    I looked into being a pilot once. The amount of training to become just a regional pilot is expensive. It's about $50,000 or more. Being a regional pilot is like being a medical intern. You work for nothing with the hope of securing a dream job with decent income with a major airline. The regional carriers operate on such a low budget, they cannot afford to pay much more. If you want more, then airfares will sky rocket.
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    Yeah, doesn't every paid intern make crap? Why should a pilot be any different?
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    I would think that with all the competition from supremely qualified Air Force and Navy pilots who retire while still in their 40's, it is all but impossible for a civilian pilot without a military background to get a good gig with a major airline.
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    Pilot was a top tier and highly resepected job back in the 60's. It's no longer the case.
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    Not saying it is a bad job, but pilots still make upwards of $200,000 per year, with some still making much more than that.

    Considering airline pilots work less than 15 days per month, that is not bad....
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    Salary does need to be commensurate with the possible risk. I'd say it's similar to an engineer. Good money, respected profession. But not what most little kids grow up wanting to be and who women dream of being with.
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    True. Nowadays, the plane basically flies itself. Most of the newer jets can take off and land on their own, but the airlines require the pilots to take off and land if it is clear to keep their skills fresh.

    If there is no visibility, you can bet that plane is flying itself. The pilot is simply there to make sure everything is running smoothly.
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    So they're all "Spam in a Can" now?
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    The biggest challenge for a civilian pilot wanting to become a commercial pilot is piling up the requisite hours of experience in multi-engine aircraft.

    The military pilot is paid a good wage to do just that.

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