Originally Posted by seafeye
So forget that a pilot has to commute cross country for a flight because she can't afford a place to live in New York. At a time where there are 6000 airline pilots out of a job, why does colgan hire low time pilots?
Because nobody with experience is going to work for $18k.
How can there not be any correlation between pay and safety?
If the airlines wanted safe experienced pilots then they have thousands to choose from. But they decided to exchange safety for people that will accept the low pay.
But if the hiring threshold was 1500 hours, and she had 1700, she'd have still been in the same position. She would have still commuted from SEA, she'd have still been sick/fatigued, she'd have still raised the flaps (uncommanded to) in a stall situation. YES the problem is cut rate bottom feeding, and they type of pilots they attract, not a arbitrary number of hours. That's the solution... better culling the herd, and hiring QUALITY not hiring somebody who drilled holes in the sky for 1500 hours.