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What others are doing cheaper, I have to do better

Becoming a pilot has been a lifelong dream for me. May last year, the dream came true and I got my pilot license. It was tough, hard and exciting, all at the same time. In the end, all those hours spent reading, memorizing and understanding, finally paid off. But will it pay off in terms of job opportunities and conditions in the future?

Please visit my newly-published page Flight Training for more information on the training process.

With my little break between the instrument rating and the commercial license, I am still keeping up with aviation news, publications, and once in a while I pull out the FAR-AIM from my Jeppessen flight bag, just to read a few paragraphs.

“If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the FAR-AIM, it’s not a valid problem.”
That book has it all, amazing.

Recently, I have been airing some of my thoughts on the aviation industry on my blog. I also talk to my parents and my not-so-into-aviation-friends about it too. My mom said to me “Does all this negative attention regarding jobs, contract workers and labor from low-cost country, affect you at all?”

Truth be told, it definitely does. Not in a discouraging way, though. It actually triggers me. I have to work harder, better and longer to make myself “employable”, even though I can’t compete in terms of wages with pilots from other parts of the world. I need to be the best qualified pilot out there. What others are doing cheaper, I have to do better.

It's all about the pre-flight. Preparing for what is laying ahead is essential for success.

The big question is, of course, if airlines will value experience, comprehensive training and a degree, in the future.

In my last post, I discussed the employment contracts, the use of temporary workers and pay checks. To summarize, I’m not worried about pilot wages. I’m more worried about how people are employed.
When I’m ready to apply for my first aviation job, I want to make sure the contract allows me to be home with a sick child, or calling in sick my self (IMSAFE) without risking my job. That has unfortunately become the rule many places now. Pilots could reluctantly go to job, even though they are not fit-for-flight, because they fear they might be without a job at the end of the day.
Now we’re not just talking employment laws, we’re talking worldwide aviation safety concerns. That is something we should take very seriously.

Please visit Karlene’s blog on this very issue. Her take on it, is very real.

What people in other sectors are taking for granted, pilots have to fight for, every day. That doesn’t seem fair to me.

– Cecilie

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