SJS and Sally Struthers


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I'm sure this has been posted before, but it's just too good.

Shiny-Jet-Syndrome: The Career Killer

Sally: "Every year hundreds of children from around the world are afflicted with a paralyzing disease. Shiny-jet-syndrome. SJS."

Sally: "Thats right. Today 9 in every 10 young pilots is a victim of SJS. Take Jimmy here. Jimmy is a smart, young man. He was raised in an upper, middle-class suburb. Jimmy's dad was a Delta pilot. Jimmy has been a flight instructor here at Comair academy for 3 weeks now. See how happy he is? See how much pride Jimmy takes in his job?"

Sally: "It's now been six weeks since Jimmy started his new job. He has almost 60 hours of instructing under his belt. The symptoms of SJS have already begun to manifest themselves. Jimmy is a victim. He constantly complains about his lack of career progression. With a little over 500 hours total time and zero actual instrument, Jimmy had expected to be flying a regional jet by now."

Sally: "A year later, SJS has fully taken him over. Jimmy is a regional jet co-pilot now. Let's watch..."

Sally: "Jimmy looks happy now, he's an airline pilot. With less than one-thousand hours total time though, Jimmy is a burden to the Captains he flies with. His ego is enormous. He feels as though he is a modern day Ernest Gann or SkyKing but without the autopilot and flight director he is borderline dangerous. He is lazy, apathetic, and still angry. He had expected to be working for a major airline right now."

Sally: "SJS has finally claimed its victim. Jimmy -- for the time being -- is happy. His airline flies an armada of narrow-body, Embraer jets that carry as many as 120 passengers. Jimmy gets paid less today than a city bus driver. He earns less than an Amtrak conductor. On average he is earning more than $100/hr LESS than the major-airline pilots he has replaced. His copilot, Sean, has been an airline pilot for about one month. He is elated to be flying a big-jet for $20,000/yr. As long as his parents continue to send those allowance checks, this could be the best job ever!"

Sally: "Do YOU know someone who is a victim of SJS? Watch for these warning signs! "

• Do you know a CFI who has applied at Mesa or Boston/Maine?
• Do you know a CFI who is burned out after 6 weeks of instructing?
• Do you know a student pilot who has answered a flight school ad for "guaranteed interview with our regional airline partner"?
• Do you know a pilot who has purchased a CRJ type-rating?
• Do you know a regional-jet pilot who has purchase a 737 type-rating?
• Do you know an airline pilot who has taken concessions in order to allow their company to purchase larger airplanes?
• Do you know a pilot who believes that AirTran and Jetblue are the "majors" they've wanted to work for for "their whole lives"?
• Do you know any member of the RJDC who STILL BELIEVES that mainline pilots are hurting their career expectations?
• Do you know any airline pilots who refuse to dress in their uniform as specified by their SOP because "if they wanted me to dress better, they'd pay me better"?
• Do you know any airline pilots who carry their hats for 4-days without ever putting it on their head?
• Do you know any airline pilots who wear a backpack rather than carry adult-luggage?
• Have you flown with copilots who say, "I cant believe they pay us to do this!!"?
• Do you know any individual whose first "real" job involved carrying 50-90 people in the back of a jetliner?
• Do you know any regional jet pilot who drops the "Express" or "Connection" portion of their airline name while using their profession to attempt to pick up women in a bar?

Sally: "If the answer to any of those questions was "yes" your friend might have SJS. Watch for these warning signs. SJS is a violent and dangerous disease. If left unchecked for too long the entire airline piloting profession will be NEUTERED. It is important to stop it in its tracks. Together we can reach that goal."

"Here at the Jets R' Neat Institute we are researching cures for SJS. We've developed revolutionary cures including:

• Make minimum experience requirements to fly part 121 at LEAST as stringent as part 135 minimums -- and make it a regulation.
• Shut down all flight schools that "guarantee" interviews.
• Raise CFI pay so that pilots are more likely to spend time in that position.
• Require that each part 121 candidate have at least 500 hours PIC (not instructor time) operating within the IFR system in day and night, and in all weather conditions.
• Preference to be given to pilots who have held jobs outside of aviation.
• Bryan Bedford and Johnathan Ornstein to be executed publicly at dawn.
• Duane Woerth will be forced to watch the execution of the above before being surprised by his own execution. He's just too stupid to be left in charge of ALPA.

Sally: "We've done a lot, but you can help. For just $246 per day you can sponsor a flight instructor or regional airline pilot.

For less than the cost of a good-quality, high definition television you can sponsor an aspiring airline pilot and show them what life would be like if they actually made the money that major airline pilots used to make. This is the first step in ending SJS."

"Jimmy needs your help. Please send your check for $7626/month to:

The Jets R' Neat Institute for the Elimination of SJS
C/O Doctor Sven Rosenstein
Trailer #12
Happy Valley Trailer Park
Coraopolis, PA 15108


Old enough to have watched Wings live on TV.
I wrote the SJS piece when I worked for Comair. It was adopted by a JetBlue pilot shortly thereafter who made a nifty website out of it. I'm amused that it's still making the rounds.


Island Bus Driver
You wrote that Zap? Why am I not surprised? It, like everything else I've seen you turn out, is well done.