I am a wannabe pilot. Currently have been doing a lot of research on this subject.
My question is why do companies keep guys as ground crew, and never just let them go?
To my understanding, working as a ground crew right after graduation seems like a pretty standard 1st step into the industry. I understand that the time being spent as ground crew can be a vital and crucial trust building time for that company and you as a low-time pilot. (1-2 years worth of time)
I have read about (including this forum) and talked with people personally who were kept on the ground and never made it in the air. (i.e. all the negativity about the "dangling the carrot in front of you" phenomena) This to me, was always an indicator that these people just simply didn't fit the criteria that the company was looking for, hence were kept grounded. (In this concept I have full sympathy for company owners)
But now I am confused. If I was running a helicopter charter business, after 1-2 years I would simply tell that ground crew member that he/she does not fit our company standards and would tell them to go look for a job somewhere else, because how would my company benefit from keeping him/her on the ground in my company for 5 years+? In fact it would be more beneficial, if I only hired people who were talented and plan to get flying.
Just from a company's perspective, what is the benefit of telling that ground crew that "yes, I will get you flying" but then in secret keep them grounded? As if looking for ground crew was hard or something.
Unless I am missing something...perhaps ground crew members are performing certain vital tasks that pilots are not doing?
Thank you for reading