I personally have been politely asked by my base captain if I was interested in UPL and said no due to financial constraints (SFO), and nobody put any pressure on me. The thing that worries me is if people start getting forced to take it. Then you may as well give them a pay cut of 4.2% (on the basis of two weeks UPL), which it effectively is, and get it over with. So; yes they have asked for PPL to take UPL, no as far as I know the policy is not to force anybody. Yes there have been some rumours, no I can't give any info on whether they're true or not as I simply don't know but from my personal experience I would guess that it's not true.
I joined a year ago and am having a good time working here with nice crews on nice, well maintained kit with a good roster. The standards are high and the flying highly enjoyable. The pay could definitely be better for the kit we operate, but for now I'm not complaining as I joined non type rated and didn't have to pay for anything. If you're relatively young and uncommitted and an adventurous type, it's a load of fun being sent along the whole network (if you want) to do flying from different bases. I really enjoy doing that.
Do with this info what you wish. Bear in mind I had the choice of going elsewhere at the time and don't regret staying in Europe.
Last edited by drfaust; 12th Nov 2012 at 22:18.