727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2144 times:
ATP claims to have placed 120 graduates in the past year alone... sounds like someone needs pilots! I think the problem, if one exists, would be senior/high time pilots finding comparably paying jobs. Someone might be on furlough from a mainline operator but reluctant to sign on with a regional... he could probably do better pay-wise by waiting tables (or whatever) and keeping up his flight time by doing instructing on the side? Any furloughs out there? Whaddaya think? What do you do?
SuperD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
Fortunately, I'm not a furlough, but I can tell you that there are definitely airlines hiring. There are even major and legacy airlines hiring these days. That's in addition to the regional airlines that have been hiring for years. The regionals have no problem hiring "newbies". Many of the pilots hired by the regionals come right out of instructing or flying sight-seeing flights. Some of the pilots being hired into jets right now only have 500 total time (those ATP guys). If a thousand pilots are furloughed, regionals will still have empty seats. For one thing, many furloughed pilots get disillusioned with the whole industry and go into nonflying jobs.
It is true that a furloughed pilot who has been flying for a legacy carrier would probably have a hard time finding a comparable flying job. I've heard that to get hired by CAL right now you have to either have been military or have a connection.