AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3474 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3720 times:
Your list is appropriate if the only consideration is pay. For most younger pilots that may be true, but as you age your priorities tend to change. AA pilots have historically placed (1) Quality-of-Life (monthly schedule & home location) and (2) Retirement at a much higher level than pay rates. While there was a "blurp" in that historical perspective during the early 1990's [when the new group of "progressives" took control of APA], the historical priorities have been gradually re-emerging as that group has aged as well.
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Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5057 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3511 times:
I know this is a little off-topic for AA but I have seen some older grey-haired gents flying CRJ's for Comair. I thought that mostly the young "kids" fly the CRJs you know, as an entry level type of commercial pilot. Especially since the pay is so low.
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Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25537 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3460 times:
Not 100% familiar with AA, however some airlines like Continental and United have contract that lump together several types of aircraft for pay purposes.
At CO, 737-300/500 is one type, 737NG/MD-80/B757-200 is another, while the 757-300/767-200/400/777 is the third.
At UA, the 737/A320 is one, the 757/767 is another, while the 777 and 747-400 are the third.
By lumping together and reducing types of equipment for pay purposes the desire to keep swapping to a larger and larger aircraft in ones career is reduced. For instace at both CO and UA, you would really only have two upwards steps to take versus and airline that pays differently for each aircraft they own.
This ultimately saves the airline million of dollars in reduced training cycles.
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Infiniti757 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3413 times:
A lot of the older commuter captains I've met or know are ex-mainline or guys that just liked commuter flying. As for pay some of the guys I know are making around $100k per year at one of the larger commuters. At somepoint in your career progression it becomes more about quality of life than anything else.
Give me the luxuries in life and I will gladly do without the necessities. (Frank Lloyd Wright)
Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2605 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3359 times:
My uncle curfrently flies for AA as a 757/767 Capt. and is in his late 40's. His progression went:
First Officer, MD-80
I believe it has to do with wether the pilot wants to become one of the more senior FO's and go to larger aircraft type as an FO, or wait as an FO on smaller aircraft then move up after a few years, as my uncle did.