longliner Posted December 21, 2015 Report Share Posted December 21, 2015 TREE TOP has an excellent post that is very applicable to the current times in this industry in the employment section. Unfortunitely you cannot reply in that section so I'm reactivating it in this section to see what the opinions of others may be..I believe the situation he is describing is more common in this industry in the current times than any of us wish to admit.. My situation is such that I had a secondary career throughout my main flying years so was fortunate enough to be able to ride out difficult times like now.But I certainly feel for the pilots and engineers presently in the industry who are trying to raise a family,pay a mortgage, supply the financial needs of day to day living,and save a little money for retirement Is IFR the way to go..Don't know..I know quite a few IFR pilots working internationally for several years who are now unemployed and several more still working but very concerned about how much longer their jobs will last! I think any pilot these days who is offered a FULL time job in the commercial industry should take a discriminating look at what is happening in the industry before he commits to borrowing money to support a mortgage,day to day lifestyle or toys. Full time jobs in the industry these days can overnite turn into seasonal efforts. Can we blame the operators for the present situation? I really don't think so although I will say there are some out their that have questional motives..The long established operators are dealing with hourly rates that are at levels of the 1980's and are presently trying to get equipment prepared for the next season while paying for parts with a tremendously discounted dollar.In the present climate often bigger and better equipment means more over head and costs and very little improvement to the bottom line.. My advice for people established in this industry is to try and develop a second marketable skill that you can fall back on..very difficult to do but I believe almost necessary if you are determined to stay in this industry. For the proffessionals in the industry,but especially pilots,it is a great job but in the present environment has turned into a terrible career..not for all ,but,for a great many. And for those wondering,no I am not an operater and yes I still fly but fortunitly do not count on it for daily survival Your thoughts 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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