N951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4094 times:
Severance pay? None. Benefits? Some airlines extend limited health/travel benefits if they go voluntarily.
Alternative types of work? Anything they can find. Today, probably not another airline job. I know somebody whose parent is laid off from American (ex-TWA). He's working retail right now for lack of anything better.
Retrain? If they lose their currency. Comair pilots had to retrain to an extent after their strike.... even the most basic lapse like three landings in type in 90 days.
DeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4063 times:
The USAToday ran a Frontpage in the Money section about that a few months ago... This Layed off serior pilot was working at the Home Depot, trying to make wnough tmoney to pay the bills and feed the family...Rough times
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6197 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4057 times:
Unlike executives, unfortunately, pilot skills are very industry specific, and pay very company specific. A captain making $280,000 at a major airline won't make anything near that in any other job. Even if he leaves to go to another airline, he won't be making the $280,000 like he was before. He'd start at the bottom of the totum pole again, regardless of his experience.
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4012 times:
As to what alternative to flying? Anything they can get. I've heard of many ex Ansett pilots(who were laid off in 2001 after AN collapsed) working in jobs such as bricklaying, retail or even going back to flight instructing on light singles and twins or flying charter.
HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2500 posts, RR: 53 Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3994 times:
We now have about a quarter of our pilots list on furlough. Here's some of the jobs I've heard they've started since leaving:
Gold panning in Alaska
DC-10 Engineer for Ryan Airlines
Hollywood camera operator
Most of those with jobs had them before coming to Hawaiian. For the vast majority of the unemployed however, flying has been their career for many years and it's difficult to find ANYTHING that you're not over/under qualified for.
One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
Dc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3972 times:
There are only a few companies in the world that will pay a person to whine. Right now most of them companies are in bankruptcy. I would think most pilots could find work at turnpike toll booths...The booths are kind of like a cockpit, you would see lots of traveling people. They just couldn't keep the money.
Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3660 times:
There was a pilot whom i used to know that used to fly for QF. He started as a SO on the 747 then worked his way up to FO on the 767. He ended up out of a job with them for some reason and went to a college to teach theory. After a couple years he was offered a job as a FO on a J31 flying regional routes. After about 6 months he made captain on the J31. What a jump that was to go from flying 747/767 heavies to a small twin engine turbine- the J31.