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  • airwolf1980 airwolf1980 May 30, 2007 4:31 PM Flag

    skywest and asa

    why would anyone want to stay at asa or skyw 18 years as a pilot? your insight would be appreciated.

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    • Lots of different reasons , really, not so different from any other occupation which people choose for careers. They enjoy what they are doing. It certainly isn't for the money, although it is better than it used to be. Some of our pilots remain with our company primarily as a hobby and for the travel benefits. The most senior pilots sometimes have as many as 18 days off in a month, which allows them to pursue other activities or perhaps operate a business on the side. Some don't want to relocate or give up the easy commute to a city the airline serves. Many are retired from military and have retirement or additional sources of income. Job security used to be a common reason for pilots staying with the smaller carriers as they have a long history of profitability. That is rapidly disappearing at the regional now compete with each other for the lowest bid flying with the majors. Almost every major airline has either gone bankrupt at some time or folded completely (Pan AM, TWA, Eastern, etc.), so pilots making the move would have to risk completely start over at the bottom with another airline.
      I just enjoy flying these small jets. If money and benefits were the only consideration, probably no one would stay with any of the regionals for long. Quality of life is more important to some, and doesn't necessarily equate to pay and benefits. I love what I'm doing...

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