Hey Maint techs,
I respect your jobs to the fullest. I need your support when I have a problem on an aircraft. However I can see some of managments arguments when a valuable maint. tech is utilized by the union to sweep a 100 x100' section of a hanger for 8-10hr every day..........all for job security... that is the wrong way to keep a job and ask for up to 300% increase in pay....
As for the pilots job being so easy and glamourous? not really! the Mech or maint techs dont have to worry about recieving violations and threats of a licence revocation because of a paper work screw up. for the maint end of an airline the airline is responsible for the liability on the work. The pilots are on their own, pretty much. When we move the aircraft from the blocks for intended flight it becomes the PIC's responsibility for any liability on work done on the aircraft and airworthiness of the aircraft.
The maint guys dont have inspectors looking over their shoulder on any given flight, asking for the AML,DMI, discrepency defferal lists, and asking the pilots if everything is good! including correct tire pressures, strut inflation.
Is everything including defferals recorded correctly?
Placards in the correct and corrisponding locations?
Guess what, if a safety inspector finds anything out of place, its not the maint techs that have to worry, it's the pilots.
if an wing tip is struck on the taxi in , the pilot is given a free 2-4wk unpaid vacation, and subsuqent investigation from the FAA.
If maint strikes a tip on bringing it into the hanger, most likely its just a scolding and its back to work.
Pilots also have to maintain a Profficency check every 6mos and a check ride every yr in order to maintain our jobs. Medical checks every 6mos including cardiograms if your over 35yrs of age, vision that has to be correctable to 20/20, if we have a heart attack, guess what we are off of work for months if we are lucky, Possibly never being to work in our field again.
Not too mention the amount of time and money spent getting to where we are at now.
2-4yrs of college for starters.
IPL- $4000- 40hrs min (but need 125hrs inorder to take check ride)
so another $2500 for gaining total time for instrument ride
CPL $2000 10hrs (but need additional hrs to take the ride 250hrs TT min)
hey can finally get paid to fly! No not really! it basically
allows for aerial photo and skydivers, cant fly charters because not enough total time.
so how bout becoming a flight instructor? sure for an additional $2-3000 one can and instruct for a measly $9000-18,000yr for about 1-4yrs depending on how many hrs you fly in a year!
Wow now I can fly for the airlines and make big money!
NOPE not yet... you need multi-engine time!
You go and get your MEI and CFII so that you can build multi-time but since multi-engine students are far and few between, you decide to fly night freight! Great multiengine time and getting paid $16,000/yr, hey awesome dude!.
now after about 1-2yrs you have enough multiengine time to apply for the regional airlines, cool beans got on as a First officer! at oh whats that? an awesomally huge sum of money of $17,000/yr
Now after 1-6yrs as a FO you can have the chance of making the left seat as a captain. cool now the bucks start rolling in! what? what did you say ? for all of that fighting and responsibility I can make $34,000/yr !,
hehe cool.... I am on the way up!
So I stick it out at the regionals for 3-6yrs and finally get a shot at the SHOW! flying for Mainline! awesome dude! the BIG BUCKS! Wrong again...... Most of the regional capts make more and will take a pay cut for 1-2yrs as an FO at most Mainlines. the pay is still marginal for up to 5yrs.
So AMT's please dont be upset at me! I concure that you have a lot of responsibilitys and deserve better pay than what is being offered. Just dont try to compare apples and oranges.
compare apples to apples, Most auto techs make more than you do! go that direction, not our way!
It has taken me since 1990 to get where I am at and spent approx $35,000 just to get to the CFI level, spent 1.3 yrs instructing, 1 yr as a fr8t pilot, and 1 yr as a FO, now upgrading to Capt at a regional.
I think that I paid MY DUES! and still am paying.
Good luck to everyone getting into Aviation, what ever it may be. IT IS A tough row to hoe.
and for those who think that airline pilots are paid too much ! why dont you question the surgens bill while you are under His/her knife! dont question mine when you get on my airplane!