Here's the thing.. ya gotta deal with the FAA and it's BS just to get a medical. Slightly color vision deficient? Then you need to jump through 200 hoops to get a medical, which can take YEARS and 1000's of dollars, and that is IF you can pass one of their methods of testing. Sleep apnea? Don't get me started. Their medical cert application policies violate every privacy act known to man. This is just one aspect of the problem. TFR's, over-regulations, airspace everywhere, sporadic training with no specific syllabus, overworked, underpaid, and exhausted flight instructors. Not many people under 30 or dare I say 40 can even afford a studio apartment these days, and they expect someone to take up a hobby that costs 200+ an hour?
Air marshals, armed and trained pilots, and racial profiling are what prevent terrorist attacks.. Not some 10 dollar an hour cigarette smoking loser who gets off on fondling 5 year olds. Get rid of these goons and let's take out country back.
Yea, I'm sure Wallstreet and right wing big oil had nothing to do with our downfall. I'm also sure that the Iraq oil i mean war was justified, and that Bush didn't run up the national deficit that we face today. Oh, and the disparity between the rich and the "middle" class was the LOWEST ever under Bush. Yup. Keep dreaming guys..
Agreed. My generation doesn't even know what a pension is. I've been pumping 5 to 15% into my 401k since I was 21 years old in hopes that I can retire sometime before age 90. If I made 200k in one year, I'd have more than enough to retire in like 5 years or even less. Do I need a 3000 sq ft house and a BMW? Nope. My 800 sq foot apartment and my paid off 09 Chevy Malibu will do fine for the next 10 years. Although I do wish I could afford a house and a family life, but the taxes in the NE are way too high for it to even be considered. People like me were forced to choose between bankruptcy and a starving family, or debt slavery and no family. I didn't have the heart to start a family I can't afford to support. So I do agree that pilots deserve a very high salary, rest, and quality of life.. But not if they are dead weight and only making 5 flights a month.
The real problem is the boomers and their pensions. The senior guys fly 5 days a month and rake in 220k +. And about the Riddle kids.. You can't blame them for being PFJ's, blame their boomer parents. They are the ones who coddle these kids and pump out 100's of thousands for their schooling even tho the kids themselves never worked a real day in their lives. Taking a 20k job isn't a big deal to Gavin JR because he didn't have to pay for the schooling! Supply and demand.