Good thing I refuse to fly

Exactly how much flight time do you have, Captain?

I won’t endure TSA body gropes and the rudeness of government apes, but for those who  have no choice, you’re about to run out of pilots.

Federal mandates taking effect next summer will require all newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of prior flight experience—six times the current minimum—raising the cost and time to train new fliers in an era when pay cuts and more-demanding schedules already have made the profession less attractive. Meanwhile, thousands of senior pilots at major airlines soon will start hitting the mandatory retirement age of 65.

Congress’s 2010 vote to require 1,500 hours of experience in August 2013 came in the wake of several regional-airline accidents, although none had been due to pilots having fewer than 1,500 hours.

Regional carriers now are racing to make sure their pilots have 1,500 hours by next summer, while also trying to bolster their ranks. But prospects with close to the required number of hours aren’t numerous. “These people just don’t exist,” said Mr. Garton of American Eagle.

You’ll soon find no pilots available to fly you into regional airports but don’t worry, Congress has thought of that too, and has refused the FAA permission to shut any down, even at night. In fact, not only can’t they be shut down, no matter how little used, our representatives just mandated a doubling of the number of controllers at each one, 24 hours a day.

These are the people regressives say will solve health care and balance our budget.

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9 responses to “Good thing I refuse to fly

  1. Peg

    “Regional carriers now are racing to make sure their pilots have 1,500 hours by next summer, while also trying to bolster their ranks. But prospects with close to the required number of hours aren’t numerous. “These people just don’t exist,” said Mr. Garton of American Eagle.”

    That something doesn’t exist or is impossible never seems to be a roadblock for liberals creating laws mandating it anyway.

    • Don’t delude yourself, Peg – these are politicians screwing up, and that’s a class pretty much undifferentiated by the party labels they wear. Stupid governing is an equal opportunity game and one the Republicans join in just as lustily as their peers on the other side of the aisle.There’s even a self-professed Tea Party pol mentioned in the article on Congress forcing dead airports to remain open – turns out his sleepy Texas town likes the idea of an airport, no matter how moribund. A pox on both their houses.

  2. AJ

    Just turn the airports into bordello / casino – hotels, and offer people who want to fly there a discount.

  3. Anonymous

    I think the problem is that regional carriers aren’t going to be able to hire new pilots for $25k a year any longer.

    In 2007 when Congress raised the retirement age to 65 major airlines laid off hundreds, if not thousands, of younger pilots. A friend of a friend’s husband flew for American and was laid off and never (to the best of my knowledge) was called back. He was still in the AF reserves and volunteered to go back to AFR active duty for two years until he managed to get hired by FedEx. I wonder if he’d consider going back to being a passenger pilot again.

  4. Walt

    Dude –
    What do you mean you won’t “endure” the groping? Close your eyes and pretend it is a mama-san from your favorite rub and tug, and consider it a freebie. That is what I do!!

    Anyhows, I find this whole Petraeus story fascinating. It has everything!! Sex, deception, spies, power, hot chicks and intrigue. Bringing down a very powerful and accomplished man. Maybe more than one!!

    You see Dude, Petraeus was a simple country boy. You might say a cockeyed optimist, who got himself mixed up in the high stakes game of world diplomacy and international intrigue. SEINFELD DUDE!!

    But I would enjoy it a lot more if it wasn’t just providing cover for the Benghazi story, where our government left four Americans to die a horrible death, then BLATENTLY lied about it. THAT is a disgrace that needs to be explored. Someone needs to be held accountable for the deaths and the lies.
    You agree?
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  5. Fred2

    “Just turn the airports into bordello…” They tried that, we got the TSA.

  6. Peg

    Chris; of course you are correct that both parties do a lot of this. They make choices that are uninformed, so often without contemplating all the consequences that derive from those choices.

    Wish I knew the answers….

  7. AJ

    Peg, you are so wrong, the politicians are very well informed by their lobbyist paymasters. They don’t contemplate squat — to them, the consequences are inconsequential.

  8. Fred2

    AJ – especially as they take care to insulate themselves from their own laws – congress is notorious for that, Healthcare, labour laws, tort law, conflict of interest… if congresspersons were treated as mini-corporation subject to all the laws you and I are, I’ll bet we’d be AMAZED how much better & cleverer their lawmaking would be.

    There’s nothing like getting your own ox gored.