Pilot Shortage?

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Pilot Shortage?

Posted by James Van Buskirk on Dec 13, 2018 8:01 pm

Is there really a shortage or is it just an airline problem?
I'm a part time Part 91 single pilot Citation guy that has been searching for another pilot gig to occupy my free time - which is 3 weeks out of every month and even more in the winter months. 
I'm willing to fly anything and my current employer is willing to be flexible on his schedule to "share" me with another. The only thing I'm NOT willing to do is give up my current gig. 
4500 TT and I LOVE instrument flying!
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Re: Pilot Shortage?

Posted by Ronald Levy on Dec 13, 2018 10:13 pm

There is certainly a shortage of people qualified and willing to fly Part 121 at the regional level.  This is most evidenced by the large recent growth in compensation at the regionals as well as some cases of regionals cancelling operations for lack of crew.  OTOH, I don't think the majors are having much trouble filling their seats by poaching from the regionals.  However, that has little to do with your situation, where you are looking only for part-time work without giving up your current part-time flying job.  I'm not sure there is a shortage of people for that sort of work, as I doubt there are many employers looking to share pilots with other outfits.

Re: Pilot Shortage?

Posted by Edward Schoene on Jan 25, 2019 6:46 pm

I don’t believe there is a shortage as much as most of us not willing to take a cut in pay to fly for a living.
i could easily get my ATP but why spend that money when you would go to work at half my current salary, much less pay off the cost of getting the rating?
if they would pay for the rating and pay me a decent wage ( not nescessarily six figures), I would jump on it in a heartbeat.
I’m not willing to starve just to gain seniority or wait for the call to the majors

Re: Pilot Shortage?

Posted by Ronald Levy on Jan 25, 2019 8:30 pm

Edward Schoene:
I don’t believe there is a shortage as much as most of us not willing to take a cut in pay to fly for a living.
i could easily get my ATP but why spend that money when you would go to work at half my current salary, much less pay off the cost of getting the rating?
if they would pay for the rating and pay me a decent wage ( not nescessarily six figures), I would jump on it in a heartbeat.
I’m not willing to starve just to gain seniority or wait for the call to the majors

Since RJ operators are now paying their F/O's upwards of $50K first year salary with signing bonuses over $20K, I don't think that argument holds water anymore.  All the numbers suggest the problem is a dearth of qualified candidates, not a lack of interest by young pilots.