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equating them with bus drivers, which is a huge insult.
|Quoting United727 (Reply 3):|
and exactly what's the difference between you and a "Professional Motor Coach Operator"...Driver is outdated and derogatory!
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the training for one thing. Pilots spend years and years gaining the experience necessary to land that airline job. They have sacrificed incomes and a lot more just to get to that airline interview. Think of the training an ATP goes through to get that ticket is about the same as a human doctor has.
A "Professional Motor Coach Operator" has training, but not as intensive and as long as pilots do. And a bus driver has no need to learn different instrument approaches and NAV systems nor have as complete a knowledge of their equipment as a pilot is required to. And the list goes on and on. So it is insulting to call an airline pilot a bus driver simply because you don't take the education into account. But I will have to admit, I have never heard a pilot referred to as a "Professional Motor Coach Operator".
I think it's just unwieldy to use when speaking or people who pilot planes through the air. So most people just use the term "bus driver" instead.
Now there is nothing wrong with being a "Professional Motor Coach Operator". But they don't have to have nearly as much training as an airline pilot does. But they can be expected to have a similar level of professionalism.