QUOTE(klm_city_hopper @ Aug 24 2006, 04:30 PM) [snapback]100867[/snapback]
Just this morning when i was travelling i heard a interview on the radio with the British Airline pilots Board Director.They were commenting on how BMI is loosing pilots and less people are becoming them.Me, Like other young boys in this place may want to be pilots.It was today until i had heard this interview that it changed my mind.£80,000 for all the training and lessons, no one has that sort of money lying around(if you do, sod off
) and they wonder why the numbers are declining....
- very very very costly training, with no guarantees of a lengthy and wealthy career
- once you DO get started, most jobs aren't very well paying. I read that FO's starting out at regionals make no more than about $20,000, if that. That's just...dispicable. It's sad, it's depressing, and it's really almost offensive to think that you could make more money than that being a manager at a retail store or something.
- Just by the nature of the job, IF you are able to withstand the training, IF you are able to get through the long earley years, there will always be missed birthdays, missed ballgames, missed ballet shows. You will often be away from home.
- Job security. If your airline goes down or you want to reloacte and join on with another, you have to start over as far as seniority, no matter your age or experience.
There's just alot more money, job security, and "regular lifestyle", if you will....in other professions. Takes alotta hard work, alot of training, alot of skill to be a pilot. There's less and less people willing to do so much for so little in return unless you are that tiny percentage of the population who knew from the moment they first saw an airplane or airport or worked with an engine or flew for the first time that you wanted to work with, around, or in airplanes. I say: kudos to those who persevere and are lucky enough to do with their lives what they yearn for.