Kent Ashton Posted April 1, 2015 Share Posted April 1, 2015 I talked to a friend this week, about 45--maybe late '40's--, who thinks he can get a job at a regional airline. He has an ATP and a lot of cropdusting hours; also owns a Velocity, so he thinks it will be easy to get hired. Since the FAA required more hours for regional first officers, they are crying for pilots with hours, apparently. It does not seem to be a great life, flying for the regionals, but I expect he would move up to Captain pretty quickly and on to a major airline. I am a Vietnam-era pilot although I never flew for the airlines. My contemporaries who split for the airlines are all retired now. Ha! I was Sully Sullenburger's Flight Commander at Nellis. I suppose there are a few middle-east war military pilots who are flying with the airlines now but the military is not training nearly the number of pilots they trained during Vietnam. It seems like a good time to get a flying job, if you can acquire the hours and have no history of suicidal depression. :-) The decline in ATP numbers in this article is really striking--about 8500 in 1990 down to 3000 today. http://www.nafinet.org/whitepaper.aspx 1 Quote -KentCozy IV N13AM-750 hrs, Long-EZ-85 hrs and sold Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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