That is exactly what I was saying. A new pilot can make more money than a pilot who was hired right before the last contract was signed. Thanks Union masters.
Plus what does HAA experience have to with anything.... It's not like its hard flying. Even in SPIFR environment, we have such high minimums and fuel requirements you not making that hard of a decision.
When someone saws "what's your HAA experience" I would say, what do you mean? Can I fly straight and level, land in a huge field, not descend more 200ft per min, turn down flights when it is really safe to go. Sure I can be an HAA pilot....
There a few programs that fly really high locations, extreme environments, or with a GOM that allows you to anything other than very benign flying.
That's one reason pay is so low. We can't fly helicopters like we should, because there is a shortage of good skilled aviators. Those pilots who can fly good and make the helicopter do amazing things, are told your unsafe, or a hotdog by people who can't fly as good. The green eyed monster strikes again.
One last thing, the current CBA hurts AMC pilots that have put in time ahead of new pilot. PERIOD. If it was merit based, and performance based, a pilot who preform at a higher level(work over, mx flights,ferry flight,etc, while off shift) Would get paid better and the culture would change for the better. Rather than like public schools, only teaching to the lowest levels.