hey, just out of curiousity, what do you mean by 'paying their dues'?
To be honest, in most other countries people don't just get handed over premium jobs.
Paying their dues might mean many different things that one doesn't necessarily WANT to do but does it anyway in order to progress their career.
For example, flight instructing wouldn't be for me, I would however do it in order to progress my career in the long run if I had to.
Some countries make their people work on the ramp for years before getting touch the controls of a plane. (ie. Ice Pilots)
Some people have to move way the
up north and fly 206's onto frozen runways.
Here, it seems like the low time locals are just after the "caravan entry job" to then move onto the ATRs...
I've talked to one that refused to go on a 206. Why? I guess he's just too good for it. Again going back the that terrible mindset....
If I were in there shoes, like I have been in the past, I'd be willing to do whatever I had to in order to get myself in a plane...
ps. CTA's are now hard as hell to get as a foreign pilot entering the country and you may only receive ONE CTA OF 3 MONTHS, once that one expires, no more renewing it... Anxious to see how that turns out...