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UpTrump 2 points ago +2 / -0

And they do this in hopes of getting a job at the major legacy airline?

ChrisTheSoberITGuy 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yup. The airline industry is the sketchiest house of cards on the planet. Too many people willing to work for far too little in hopes of joining a major airline down the road.

Pilots, for example, are desperate to fly. It calls to them. Flying is part of them.

But the cost of entry is so insanely expensive, and they're so desperate to fly, starter jobs pay just barely over minimum wage. It will take decades to reach Captain in a major airline and the money that comes with it.

Combine this with crews aging out faster than they can be replaced - at all levels not just pilots - and we're looking at an industry collapse. Unless airlines start paying to put people through flight and mechanic schools.

I'd love to be a pilot, but I can't afford the classes or flight hours needed to enter the industry. Then after that I can't afford the hit to my income if only regional cargo hoppers would hire me for the first decade of my career.

tiwal 1 point ago +1 / -0

Look into the Skywest Airlines pilot training program.

ChrisTheSoberITGuy 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'd need to travel halfway across the country :(