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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:44 pm    Post subject: Fixed Wing Captains and First Officers Pay. Reply with quote

Just out of interest I am reading about the wages Fixed Wing Captains and First Officers get on the low cost airlines.

If what I read is true then Managers at Macdonalds get paid more and they don't have to pay for there own training!

I believe prospective Pilots pay up to six figures to train and then only earn a tiny fraction of that per year whilst trying to live and pay off the loan at the same time?

Is it only for the very well off or the dedicated aviation enthusiast?

And as it does cost so much to train with resultant low wages where will the next generation of Pilots come from?

And finally should we be worried about the safety of air travel? Is it a case of the lower the wage the lower the experience of the personnel employed?

I don't know the answer to any of the questions above but would be interested to read any opinions you may have.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brother in law is an airline captain for one of the larger middle east companies and he does recieve quite a large salary. He told me I was crazy to pay for all the rotory training with such little prospect of work after when I could invest in fixed wing training for a fraction of the cost and stand more chance of possibly getting a job after and for a higher salary. My answer was that it was helicopters not fixed wing that have always floated my boat and that I'm not expecting a large salary , I just want to fly on a regular basis..........sometimes I think maybe I should have taken his advice and batted for the other side.
I'm not sure what his salary was when he was low time but he was recruited straight away by Cathay Pacific ( think he was lucky ) and they did look after him. I will try to find out a bit more as he is due a visit and I have promised him a ride in the 22, bit different from the airbus I suspect Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wonder if the same can be said of the low cost carriers.

Having said that, I worked for 18 months on the ITV Airline programme about EasyJet and it seemed a relatively happy ship although the boss of Ryanair seems to have some 'interesting' thoughts about pay structures!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regular regional airlines: between 2000 and 3000 /month for a First Officer on Twin Turboprop (ATR, Dash 8 ) on continent.

Don't know in GB.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's not a massive wage for someone who has spent so much on training!
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