Protection pilot not updating
The majors, also referred to as “legacy” carriers, are the ones people are most familiar with — American, United, Delta, Southwest, Jet Blue, et al.There is no pilot shortage at these companies, and unless something changes drastically they will continue to have a surplus of highly qualified candidates to choose from.Yet pay and working conditions at these airlines have always been substandard, and filling jobs was seldom a problem. Well, what’s different is that the regional sector has grown so large, now accounting for of all domestic departures in the United States!As recently as twenty-five years ago it was around 15 percent.United Express, Delta Connection, American Eagle, and so on.These carriers have been slashing flights, grounding planes, and otherwise scrambling to keep their cockpits staffed. regional carrier that flies on behalf of United, American and Delta, filed for bankruptcy protection.
Then came a rash of accidents, including the Colgan Air (Continental Connection) disaster outside Buffalo in 2009.
Things can change quickly in this business, but some regionals are, at least for now, better-staffed and all-around more pleasant places to work than others. However, we need to be clear which sectors of the aviation industry we’re talking about, and in which parts of the world.
Let’s start with North America, where the first step is to draw a sharp divide between the major carriers and their regional affiliates.
Pilots in the United States are responsible for securing their own FAA credentials, and for logging hundreds or even thousands of hours of flight time applying at an airline.
For those who come up through the civilian channels it’s a slow and very expensive process.