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Are you saying your industry is stuck in permanent or even perpetual limbo, Bladestrike? I'd beg to differ. It is different now than it was 20 years ago (shortage of pilots and plenty of work back then, among other things) and it'll likely be different from now in another 20 years. (I've read that three times and I think it makes sense. :))

 

Anyhoo, what do I know? I know that change in any industry is imminent and it arrives at its own pace. For better or for worse is anyone's speculation, and nothing more.

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Are you saying your industry is stuck in permanent or even perpetual limbo, Bladestrike? I'd beg to differ. It is different now than it was 20 years ago (shortage of pilots and plenty of work back then, among other things) and it'll likely be different from now in another 20 years. (I've read that three times and I think it makes sense. :))

 

Anyhoo, what do I know? I know that change in any industry is imminent and it arrives at its own pace. For better or for worse is anyone's speculation, and nothing more.

 

Just like in Groundhog Day... :lol:

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The only change we're gonna see in the next 10-20 years is going to be an even more acute shortage of experienced pilots and engineers.

 

Get on with it boys! I thought the English were whingers.

 

If this industry needed or wanted a union/association, we'd have it by now!

 

ECU is right, stop whinning and get back to work!!! If you don't like it, I hear 7-11 is hiring!!!!

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The industry is in good shape. There are two things that would make it better, one is to have steady year around work instead of seasonal. The other is to trim the amount of charter aircraft available for hire. With more work diversity the industry would be in a better position to handle downswings and if there are less aircraft available to hire, rates can go up and hourly annual utilization can increase.

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There's absolutely nothing new in what you say, Amodao. The problems, and proposed solutions, have been evident for a long time. But who's to give up market position for 'the good of the industry,' and who's to compensate all the young pilots, even more of whom won't have jobs, at least in the short term.

 

If even one company makes gains in the way you propose, the swarm of parasites rushing to exploit the umbrella created will be a wonder to behold. I'm afraid we're victims of our combined abilities and failings, and the only resolution will be a major economic upheaval like the depression of the 30's, coupled with strong enough regulation to whip the industry into a utility-like shape where supply will keep pace with demand, at all levels.

 

I guess it must be Friday, or I'd try to be more positive, but that's my 'rant' for today. ;)

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Market demand determines how many aircraft, pilots and engineers are required. If there is an upswing then new pilots and engineers have to be hired to fill the gap and the revese for the downswing. In our industry it has been, and will always be based on the principle of self preservation. I am not asking owners of companies to shut down their businesses, I am just stating what would be a hypothetical way to improve the stength on the industry as a whole. Its the survival of the fittest syndrome in action! And I like it that way! Screw the whiners! :up:

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Yes, amodao, if only the 'hypothetical' could work, there's be no more problems. Perhaps it's like Churchill's British democracy - the best of an imperfect idea. Maybe we're doomed to go on with what we have, weaving with the pendulum, scrambling first in one direction, then the other, (most of us) never to succeed. :huh:

 

So, let's just hang on and enjy the ride, getting the best we can out of it, ignoring the whiners and the charlatans, smug in the knowledge that we're having more fund than most people in the world and, as we keep being reminded, getting paid for it! B)

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