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Re: “Letter from the Editor

Almost forgot. The airlines are not the only ones feeling the shortage of pilots. The military is offering some really nice retention bonuses for some of their pilots. Upwards of 200k for high time full bird's close to retirement.

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Posted by jrav8er on 03/08/2014 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Letter from the Editor

euronymous2005 - just food for thought. Sounds to me you are a US Air Force Major Flying the C-130. Gone are the days of the good ol boy networks except for a few majors IE Southwest, American, FedEx, UPS. (FedEx and Southwest are the biggest offenders). Military pilots with heavy multi engine turbine flight experience like yours can go straight to mainline when they ETS/retire. If you have lots of time in the Hercules then your a shoe in for the majors and you will not have to endure the suck of the regionals unless you are a guard/reserve pilot with low time leas than 1000. If you have the time now and eligible for retirement put out in an app. With delta, united, Atlas, FedEx UPS JetBlue. JetBlue has a vets in blue program they like military guys also but typically 50% of new hire classes at blue are military and the other 50% civilian. They are pretty fair to all. If you want some good career info go get a username at airlinepilotcentral.com I have the same username there as I do here and I as well as many industry professionals can guide you so you don't have to eat ramen. My first bit of advice for you is stay in the military until you get your 20 so you can get your retirement. Then you can collect that while earning a good salary with the airlines and do another 20 years flying for them and collect a second pension.

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Posted by jrav8er on 03/08/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Letter from the Editor

Oh and let's not forget that new FO probably still has student loan debt from the 200k flight training and college degree h/she got to take the job so he/she gets additional deductions until that is gone.

Posted by jrav8er on 03/08/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Letter from the Editor

70k a year for a first year FO is outstanding compared to the 23,400k currently for first year FO's. FO=(First Officer) don't know where you get 40% figure it's a salary not a gambling income. Gambling income is taxed around 35%. A good ballpark is 25% tax on salary and Don't forget about deductions. Part of the 70k salary will be spent on hotel rooms for the commuting pilots into and out of domicile city also something to consider as a new FO he/she will be on reserve for up to 6 months to a year before he/she has enough seniority to bid a line position and can spend his or her entire hitch in domicile so that equates to 5 days of un-reimbursed Hotel stays 3 times a month. All dedeductable. At 70k the first year FO can have a good quality of life on the line well rested for his/her hitch staying in a private hotel instead of a hostel style crash pad with 10 other starving FO's. Also remember the airlines only pay for pilots hotel rooms only if they RON overnight at a city that is away from their assigned domicile.

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Posted by jrav8er on 03/08/2014 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Letter from the Editor

I know the public wants cheap cheap cheap but these articles do not break it down for them to understand. On a regional airplane with an average of 50 seats. The pilot flies a guaranteed 75 hours a month. That is only from doors closed parking break released pushback to engines off parking break set at destination. So a 23,400 a year salary breaks down like this 1,950 a month, that is 1,950/75 hours = 26.00 per flight hour yes. Great now for the 50 passengers aboard your 2 hour flight your copilot FO made 52.00 of which 52/50pax = 1.04 of your $300.00 fare went to your copilots salary. That is .52 cents an hour. If your in one of the new EMB 175 100 seat jets then your only paying .26 cents an hour for his expertise. Hmmm can you afford to pay 1.56 extra for your copilot? Would you? Is that a major fare increase? I think not. So 1.56 X 50 passengers is 78 bucks per flight hour for your First Officer. At 75 flight hours per month X $78.00 an hour = 5850 a month pre tax X 12 months = 70,200 a year pre tax. Now that is a decent livable salary for the pilots responsible for your safety. If the public would see the breakdown like this then maybe it would help the cause. It's significantly less than what you would tip your waitress at Olive Garden for your 35.00 meal. Please spread the word. If pilot salaries would be increased in this manner then it would attract a very competitive group of high time pilots. Pilot shortage myth over.

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Posted by jrav8er on 03/08/2014 at 12:18 AM


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