One of my favorite sweatshirts has "If Its Not Boeing I'm Not Going" on it It is quite worn and I really need to replace it, but I just LOVE
that sweatshirt! Now I have never flown a Boeing, nor an Airbus, although I nearly got my type rating in the DC-8 and did fly the DC-8 some. I have a fair bit of time in a DC-3 which is my all time favorite aircraft to fly.
I know a lot of airline pilots, both current and retired/quit. Without exception they tell me that it is just not the same as it was 20 years ago. The amount of respect they receive, the pay they receive, the authority they have all have been eroded over time. It is not that the current pilots don't share our love of flying - believe me they do! It is just that with the advent of computers, terrorism, government regulation and more has made the jobs more difficult and less rewarding. With the financial challenges of the airlines compensation isn't what it used to be, and certainly not adequate for what they do. Consider this: if you were an Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA your starting pay would be between $ 72,500 and $ 85,00, with a top of around $ 136,000! How many of these commuter captains are making that kind of money? So I can't judge airline pilots because if you haven't walked the walk then you can't talk the talk. But I know they fly because they love to fly, not for the glory of the money. Let's make sure that the aircraft we give them to fly work right every time, all the time. And the next time you see one of the crew say hello to them and thank them for their efforts. Believe me, they deserve it. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 To invent a plane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything. -- Otto Lilienthal