This just doesn’t fly: Some airline pilots barely make living wage

You really have to love what you do, or be exceedingly patient, to consider becoming a regional airline pilot. Aviation consultant Kit Darby says regional airline co-pilots and pilots, in the lower ranks at least, don’t make a living wage. In fact, the mechanic at your local gas station, or even the taxi driver who drives along the streets of your town, sometimes taking trips of a longer duration than regional flights, may be pulling down more cash per hour than the bottom rungs of first officers, i.e. co-pilots, at regional airlines. …
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Are airline pilots relying too much on automation?

In February 2009, a Continental Connection flight crashed outside Buffalo, N.Y., killing 50 people. Four months later, an Air France jet crashed into the Atlantic, killing all 228 on board. Investigators say in both disasters, the pilots were relying on computers — automation — to fly the plane, and became confused when something went wrong. There is no question that automation has made flying safer. Today the autopilot is so advanced, as you’re sitting comfortably in your seat, computers are often flying the plane — even landing it, right down to the ground. …
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Why Can’t You Use Phones on Planes

WATCH VIDEO: Why Can’t You Use Phones on Planes

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LIFE OF AN AIRLINE PILOT

WATCH VIDEO: Life of an Airline Pilot

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