While there is some truth to his ramblings, the point of flying at the regionals isn’t to stay in the regionals. No baseball player strives to play AAA ball. They do so with the hope of making the majors. This young man took his eye off the ball, and sounded like a typical millennial in the process.
If you take a serious look at the process today, he is right about the pay. The first year is decent with signing bonus. The second year is going to be less if you don’t upgrade to CA in that year. If you are not a CA in your 3rd year, you chose the wrong regional to get started.
For some reason he couldnt figure out how to pack his own healthy snacks/meals. You have to plan ahead and pack some eats In your go bag. Dont plan to eat all your meals at Sbux. That is stupid.
Figure 5-7 years to get to a major, if that long. The kid in the video tossing out numbers like 15-20 years is just justifying his choice to be a CFI again. Speaking of that, does anyone know of a CFI making 100k consistently? Me either.
perhaps the hassle of commuting and the reality of airline flying wasn’t for him. It isn’t for everyone. Commuting sucks and will absolutely drain the life out of you. Perhaps he got didnt get hired at a major when he expected to. who really knows?
The bottom line for is that it was worth it for me to leave the RW world. I made over 120k working 7/7 in GoM and couldn’t see myself doing that for 20 more years. For me the pay and QOL are much better at the Airlines. I live in base, and bid for trips that have overnights back at my home airport. on a 4 day trip I only spend 2 nights in a hotel when I get an overnight at home. you can figure out the pay on your own from the scales posted on airline pilot central.
if you have any desire, plan to attend the RTAG get-together at Rucker in OCT. There will be many airlines and pilots in attendance can give you their perspective on the regional and major life.