Typical years during my career went something like this.
700-800 hours of actual flight time (okay, BLOCK time)
3000 hours on duty or away from domicile. (per diem
When bragging about our job, we pilots like to say we get a good full-time wage for a part-time job. Reality is otherwise as shown above. In terms of being away from home my part-time job is roughly one and a half full-time jobs.
It is not the company's problem but most of us commute and so you can add hundreds more hours per year away from home
Like I say, that is our problem, but who, making a hundred grand would choose to live across the street from the Newark airport? My not living at my domicile is not all self-indulgence. The company moved. My life was established in one city and they moved to another. One of the choices we face.
PVD757 and Luv2Fly
I know what you mean. I used to believe the same way. But over the years I learned that profit and loss are manipulated in ALL
companies. I've said it before - any accountant who could not do that would never find a job. And so, if you are a multi-millionaire principal investor your money might not be earned the old fashioned way.
Bluntly, billionaires skim. They have offshore accounts and the profit or loss is at their whim and little affected by anything the employees can do.
They tell you otherwise to keep you happy in the harness but they lie.
Now you can believe that I lie. But what is my motivation for doing so?
You can believe that they lie. They have gigantic personal profit for motivation. But make up your own mind. As you near the end of your working life you will know the truth. Profit sharing never profited me, or anyone I know, at all.
And as for making some overall reduction in the amount pilots earn - by whatever means. Are you going to ask the Frank Lorenzo's of this world to pick up the cost of training all those pilots ab initio
? What is the new guy's incentive for becoming a pilot. I mean, lucky me, I just had to sit there for a year and let people shoot at me and I got all the flying time I could stand. But the training and experience just to land in the right seat of an airliner come at staggering cost. Who is going to bear it?
Anyway, fly-by-wire is just a proof-of-concept
, a dress rehearsal for getting the pilots out of the cockpit. One day we will see a big campaign for pilotless airliners. It will start with wide-scale discrediting of pilots in the press. It will be done for "safety" but the real reason is billionaire's return-on-investment.