An interesting take on "quitting"

sorrygottarunway

Well-Known Member
#1
Although it kind of strikes me as funny, as hiring at mainline has progressed to the point where someone only has to "pay dues" at the regional level for a few years. He talks about it being easy to "just go back"- but bridges are hard to cross once they're burned. In any case, food for thought for those entering the industry.

 

statusseeker1

Well-Known Member
#4
I remember when I was at my first regional and I learned the hard way about missed commutes, low wages, 5 leg days, etc. Sure, there were times I wanted to give it all up just like this vlogger. But I didn’t. I took steps to get myself ahead and after 6 years at a couple regionals and a major, I made it to FedEx. This guy just sounds butt hurt he isn’t calling the shots as PIC anymore and is upset he’s the low man on the totem pole. Hopefully his subscribers have more tenacity.
 

ppragman

Direct Yeska
#7
Sounds like what I had to do. Glad I stuck it out.
It’s not what “everyone does” and even if it is what all the “airliner guys” are doing that doesn’t make it right. It is perfectly possible and reasonable to make a living wage from the get go and not live in hotels.
 
#8
It’s not what “everyone does” and even if it is what all the “airliner guys” are doing that doesn’t make it right. It is perfectly possible and reasonable to make a living wage from the get go and not live in hotels.
Eh. There is a certain level of suck that almost everyone goes through. Not because “you gotta pay your dues” but because that’s just how it works.

Like junior guys being on reserve and being ridden hard by scheduling. Now there’s no excuse not to try to improve things where we can, but these things should not be a surprise. Everybody goes through it. Like having to do homework to get through college. It’s just part of the whole thing.
 

MikeFavinger

Hubschrauber Flieger
#9
I've been a regional guy for 14 months and enjoy it! Only work half the month. The hotels are nice. The pay has tripled since 10 years ago. I've flown to Europe, flew my parents to London, and flew my wife to Vegas for free (minus international taxes). And the most important thing, I come home happy and stress free as opposed to the stressed out guy I used to be when running a large organization.
 

Roger Roger

Paid to sleep, fly for fun
#11
I've been a regional guy for 14 months and enjoy it! Only work half the month. The hotels are nice. The pay has tripled since 10 years ago. I've flown to Europe, flew my parents to London, and flew my wife to Vegas for free (minus international taxes). And the most important thing, I come home happy and stress free as opposed to the stressed out guy I used to be when running a large organization.
One of my good friends just finished FO OE at an LCC. He’d come from a part 91 background, and he echoed those thoughts-show up, punch in, flip through the paperwork, fly a jet, punch out, go home. I think @JordanD called it “commercial piloting with training wheels”.
 

mikecweb

Third Generation Arizonan
#12
I've been a regional guy for 14 months and enjoy it! Only work half the month. The hotels are nice. The pay has tripled since 10 years ago. I've flown to Europe, flew my parents to London, and flew my wife to Vegas for free (minus international taxes). And the most important thing, I come home happy and stress free as opposed to the stressed out guy I used to be when running a large organization.
Damn, @SeatClutcher is getting the raw end of the deal as far as trips goes....
 
#13
One of my good friends just finished FO OE at an LCC. He’d come from a part 91 background, and he echoed those thoughts-show up, punch in, flip through the paperwork, fly a jet, punch out, go home. I think @JordanD called it “commercial piloting with training wheels”.
I refer to 121 flying as tee ball. Lots of others do all the tedious prep work. You just walk up to the plate, make sure the ball placement is to your liking, and swing.
 
#17
Far better up the food chain and, ZOMG, it might suck in the in-between time when you're learning the business.

That's about… Anything you do, but no, you're never going to start out on top with the best work conditions.

To be fair, there have already been people going from CFI straight to the right seat of a United 737.
 

Roger Roger

Paid to sleep, fly for fun
#18
I refer to 121 flying as tee ball. Lots of others do all the tedious prep work. You just walk up to the plate, make sure the ball placement is to your liking, and swing.
I’ll be honest, he did a pretty good job selling it. He’s definitely not one of the stereotypical 135/91 sour grapes types, he alway had a positive attitude about things and really did the 121 gig as kind of a lark, but is loving it (other than the paycheck) so far.
 

Derg

Cap, Roci
Staff member
#20
To be fair, there have already been people going from CFI straight to the right seat of a United 737.
Yes, and that was a thing back when I was a CFI as well.

But for most of us, that ain’t gonna happen.

Just like when people say “Well, Bill Gates doesn’t have a degree!” “Well, you’re not Bill Gates, nor are you special now WORK!”
 
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