Is being a regional airline pilot a good job for someone who is from Detroit?

I'm a 33 year old man from Detroit. I have $140,000 now and I'm thinking about becoming a regional airline pilot. All my friends, relatives, and neighbours are either jobless or work at places like McDonalds, Walmart or tire stores or they are full time or part time inmates.

Many pilots here say bad

I'm a 33 year old man from Detroit. I have $140,000 now and I'm thinking about becoming a regional airline pilot. All my friends, relatives, and neighbours are either jobless or work at places like McDonalds, Walmart or tire stores or they are full time or part time inmates.

Many pilots here say bad things about being a pilot in America because of airlines getting bankrupt and working at regional airlines with small amount of money but it will be a good job for people from places like that.

Best Answer:

Zaphod Beeblebrox: Do you think that starting out at $25,000 per years is a good job, especially when you'll be spending most of your holidays and weekends on the road, staying in cheap hotels and motels? Do you think that earning a top salary of under $100k per years is a good job when it will take you 20 years to earn that much? Do you think a good job is one where you'll be on duty an average of 10-14 hours per day on the days that you are assigned to work and that you'll work 18-20 days per month, putting in close to 2500 hours at work each year when the average 9-to-5 office worker puts in only 2000, gets paid better and gets better benefits?

Would you enjoy showing up at 3am to preflight your airplane in a snow storm for a 4:00am departure? Or how about going to work at a more reasonable 7am and working until 10pm and not getting to sleep until midnight, with a show time of 7am the next morning? That's always fun three or four days in a row, How would you like to work those schedules without much respite for 30 years?

What do you think about taking medical exams twice a year and being given random drug and alcohol tests, meaning you'll need to lead a very straight and narrow life, where one little slip up or decline in health can mean the end of your career and the loss of a huge investment in training? Do you enjoy studying and taking tests? You'll get a lot of it studying for your recurrent training every six months, plus for each aircraft transition or upgrade, and if you don't pass, you're off flight status?

Yup, it's a GREAT job. Very glamorous and stress-free indeed, getting paid to fly to all the garden spots like Newark, Ypsilanti and Toledo. The regionals are desperate for pilots, so I think you should go for it. Despite what I've said, it's a way better living than most people in Detroit have these days unless they work for GM or the government. .

Other answer:

Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Being a regional airline pilot is a stepping stone for most people to the majors. The pay sucks at the regional level. It should be considered a paid internship.
Poppy:
If you've got the funds to get the proper license and enough log hours to get the job, go for it. It's not a bad job , it pays way better than no job. It is very expensive to get the log hours for pilot employment. That is why most commercial pilots are former military.
Pilsner Man:
If you have $140 large laying around and you want to use it to become a pilot, you have more money than sense. Go to a tch school, get your license for HVAC or plumbing and fly for fun.
Angela D:
nobody flies to get rich. people fly because they like flying airplanes.

if this sounds like you, go for it. flying is a hoot.

Warbird Pilot:
Nobody cares where you are from, go for it.

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