"MarineNav ... where do you work now? Would you ever consider paying your boss to work there? I seriously doubt it. So why then does it magically become ok to do it in the world of aviation?
Anyone who pays someone else to work has no self respect - it's about one step below prostitution because at least hookers are getting paid to take it in the ... - and is simply looking for the fastest way to "get a job." There are no shortcuts in this (or any) field. Suck it up and put your time in like everyone else."
There's no magic involved. It simply is not illegal.
It's OK because it's not wrong or immoral or unethical.
It's between informed and consenting legal entities.
It's what the market will support.
We live in a capitalist society.
The pilot employment field is very competitive.
There are willing participants on both sides.
It a means to an end, a stepping stone to a future job, not the job itself.
What you look upon as "work", such as "paying" to fly for Alpine Air, others look upon as an opportunity with a set financial cost.
My line of work doesn't require me to "pay to work" nor would I pay for my current job.
Do people that pay employment agencies to help them find jobs lack self respect as well?
"Put your time in like everyone else!" What's that supposed to mean? There is no standard. Everybody put's their time in. We all still have to meet the same minimums to fly 135 or get hired by a regional or major airline. Some people just choose to put more money in than others.
Unless & until we all value things (time, money, location, quality of life, schedule, etc.) exactly the same & think the same way, we will all do what we feel is best for ourselves. The price (literally & figuratively) that each us of is willing to pay is different. How is one supposed to know when they've "put in their time". Who is the judge? What is the standard?
If you think it's wrong, than change the law! Just as you wish everyone had to "put their time in" others wish that all the airlines had the same hiring requirements.
Can a person that lacks self respect feel truly happy and good about what they are doing, about pursuing a worthwhile career, about making their life better?
And what's wrong with hookers?