There is no world in which any pilot is paid too much. The sacrifice to get into this profession, the sacrifice to maintain this profession, and the risks involved in this profession require a compensation level that allows us to be able to come to work as fully rested and mentally ready to work as humanly possible. People oversimplify this job, but if you happen to have a good day… cool… That’s not what we’re paid for… We’re paid for all the garbage that can and will go wrong on an almost daily basis. We stop the swiss cheese holes from lining up so often people take it for granted and forget what a pilot is really worth…
Junior pilots with inexperience… I’m not sure in what world taking compensation from senior pilots to give to junior pilots to make them “better pilots” is a reasonable solution. Whatever it takes to make a pilot safe is what it takes, and has nothing to do with taking money away from people who have earned and deserve it. Right now in aviation we’re seeing a lot of issues related to rapid hiring and growth that compromise safety. There have been various threads about this issue on this forum. A true solution really hasn’t been found as what it takes to truly be a “good/safe” pilot can not be fully defined by simply meeting training requirements. The best we can do is mentor pilots along the way, and find those with good skill and character to move forward in this profession, and unfortunately at the end of the day there just isn’t much substitute for the almighty experience needed to be effective, proficient, and safe. Also it is difficult to mentor and/or find the ones with good skill and character when people that lack one or both those traits are easily allowed through this maze of a career as hiring standards, interview requirements, and flight experience requirements decline… I don’t have a good solution to solve these issues. Everyone needs to watch out and take care of each other more now than ever to get the job done safety, but throwing more money at this issue isn’t going to fix things…
Sorry, not buying it.
We're overpaid now - to the point that it's worth while for airlines and the industry in general to figure out pilotless airliners. AI will be taking over our jobs at some point in the future.
And ALL that talk about being the last line of defense, that garbage that can go wrong on a daily basis, will quickly end when Boeings and Airbus start flying pilotless around the world without any issues - and actually improve safety because they make pilot-error crashes non-existent.
While I'm happy with the salary I make, I realize we're contributing to making pilotless airliners happen sooner. If I was an airline CEO, I'd want pilots gone. 400K+ salaries, age 65 retirement issues, sick calls, fatigue calls, pickets, strikes, etc.
You know who won't have those issues?