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2nd Dec 2021, 06:40
Replies: 519
Views: 114,298
Posted By Chief Willy

No, on point 4 you will find other airlines...

No, on point 4 you will find other airlines cannot compete with Ryaniar’s “Tesco pilots” so either eventually go bust (e.g. Malev) or are forced to lower their wages to the gutter to better compete....
4th Oct 2021, 14:05
Replies: 232
Views: 49,020
Posted By Chief Willy

Best: 777-200. A delight in any weather. The -300...

Best: 777-200. A delight in any weather. The -300 in turbulence spills too much tea for my liking.
Most fun: Extra 300
Worst: Empty A319 on a windy day. The whole A320 series sucks in handling....
Replies: 12
Views: 2,181
Posted By Chief Willy

Alex Whittingham Literally zero of those...

Alex Whittingham

Literally zero of those jobs are open to UK freshly minted fATPL graduates. Most UK airlines now have vast priority pools of redundant pilots to harvest first.

It’ll be a while...
6th Aug 2021, 22:44
Replies: 91
Views: 30,530
Posted By Chief Willy

Seems to be airline specific. At mine the stable...

Seems to be airline specific. At mine the stable approach criteria explicitly does NOT include a lateral element and yours is the first ive heard of that does, especially AOB.

We do have a totally...
2nd Aug 2021, 19:14
Replies: 137
Views: 57,033
Posted By Chief Willy

Good luck calling for a public boycott of...

Good luck calling for a public boycott of airlines that do this. Precisely zero ****s will given by anyone, including by me, ill still book whatever is the best flight for me.

Time to accept that...
Replies: 24
Views: 7,178
Posted By Chief Willy

What makes you think there will be jobs in just...

What makes you think there will be jobs in just 18 months time? The pandemic is still raging globally, international travel restrictions are getting WORSE not better. There are 10s of thousands of...
30th Jun 2021, 11:32
Replies: 75
Views: 20,975
Posted By Chief Willy

Matt101 Beautifully put. Surely the...

Matt101

Beautifully put.

Surely the devastation that Covid has wrecked on the lives of airline pilots is enough to put people off this career? If I had the choice today knowing how precarious...
29th Jun 2021, 10:38
Replies: 51
Views: 15,756
Posted By Chief Willy

Its an employers’ market! There is a good...

Its an employers’ market! There is a good correlation between those who fail exams and then end up having issues in training so I can see the logic.
29th Jun 2021, 08:35
Replies: 75
Views: 20,975
Posted By Chief Willy

Bridgestone has hit the nail on the head: •...

Bridgestone has hit the nail on the head:

• Aviation will be the last and slowest sector to recover
•There is literally zero joined-up thinking internationally on this, border closures are an...
28th Jun 2021, 22:00
Replies: 75
Views: 20,975
Posted By Chief Willy

The USA is a totally different beast to Europe....

The USA is a totally different beast to Europe. In the US they have an ageing pilot body. In Europe the average age of pilots is extremely young due to the mega boom in lowcost airlines since around...
28th Jun 2021, 09:32
Replies: 75
Views: 20,975
Posted By Chief Willy

There was an article in the FT today saying the...

There was an article in the FT today saying the flight schools are getting busy again. The flight schools themselves seem recession-proof.

£100k plus £30k to get 6 circuits in a 737-800 and a cool...
2nd Jun 2021, 11:50
Replies: 9,975
Views: 5,993,948
Posted By Chief Willy

It seems we are getting one step closer to the...

It seems we are getting one step closer to the role of an FO being voluntary, the “reward” being flight hours that get you nearer your command.

Ryanair is no stepping stone, they are a huge...
25th May 2021, 14:58
Replies: 31
Views: 2,769
Posted By Chief Willy

Seeing as business class seats take up the...

Seeing as business class seats take up
the space of at least 3 economy seats it would not make economic sense to have that real estate selling for less than 3x economy prices.
22nd May 2021, 10:57
Replies: 9,975
Views: 5,993,948
Posted By Chief Willy

I’m amazed Ryanair dont charge even more. They...

I’m amazed Ryanair dont charge even more. They could charge €100k for the rating under the current terms with no promise of a job and still get people showing up.

To my utter amazement people are...
1st May 2021, 20:25
Replies: 27
Views: 5,609
Posted By Chief Willy

Comparisons to previous recessions/9-11 are not...

Comparisons to previous recessions/9-11 are not relevant. This is about 100 times worse, and crucially misses the main point. The paradigm has changed, aviation is no longer really required (thanks...
29th Apr 2021, 22:26
Replies: 27
Views: 5,609
Posted By Chief Willy

@B2: You’re right about not going integrated now....

@B2: You’re right about not going integrated now. That would be an insane decision. £100k is a lot of money to spend to get a job driving an Asda truck.

If you were to start today going modular,...
29th Apr 2021, 20:01
Replies: 27
Views: 5,609
Posted By Chief Willy

Truly dreadful advice in my opinion. This bizarre...

Truly dreadful advice in my opinion. This bizarre myth that training in a down-turn is “the best time” is total unsubstantiated rubbish. There is zero evidence to support that notion. Zero.

You...
29th Apr 2021, 18:58
Replies: 27
Views: 5,609
Posted By Chief Willy

The reason is simple. Confirmation bias by...

The reason is simple. Confirmation bias by wannabes who have an emotional want to fly and cannot accept the cold hard facts staring them in the face: The party is well and truly over.

Any future...
23rd Apr 2021, 21:47
Replies: 235
Views: 89,463
Posted By Chief Willy

Most comfortable, perhaps. Most economic? Not...

Most comfortable, perhaps. Most economic? Not even close. And that’s all that really matters in this game. They are fuel hungry per seat and have poor cargo capacity. Truly an awful design hence the...
4th Apr 2021, 18:33
Replies: 235
Views: 89,463
Posted By Chief Willy

For such a massive plane to only have the same...

For such a massive plane to only have the same CASM as a much much smaller 787 shows how bad the A380 is. Other than for slot constrained airports any CEO would take the 787 over the A380. The risk...
Replies: 24
Views: 8,901
Posted By Chief Willy

Many airlines I’m aware of in Europe (apart from...

Many airlines I’m aware of in Europe (apart from Ryanair) have got rid of all their pilot recruitment staff. No need for them for the next few years. There really wont be any recruiting of new pilots...
10th Mar 2021, 16:24
Replies: 37
Views: 15,135
Posted By Chief Willy

So, for FOs it’s basically a voluntary role when...

So, for FOs it’s basically a voluntary role when you consider the cost of living in Norway. I’m sure they will be swamped with applications though.
10th Feb 2021, 12:27
Replies: 15
Views: 5,159
Posted By Chief Willy

Having a degree is more about developing a...

Having a degree is more about developing a different way of critical thinking (as opposed to just being spoon-fed at school) which is why it is valued by employers. It has applications in our...
10th Nov 2020, 16:25
Replies: 70
Views: 33,910
Posted By Chief Willy

Utter rubbish. The european body of pilots is...

Utter rubbish. The european body of pilots is actually relatively young. There is no looming retirement wave in Europe (like there is in the USA). Having spanked £100k-ish on flight training, and...
Replies: 14
Views: 1,691
Posted By Chief Willy

This is obviously a troll, no one is stupid...

This is obviously a troll, no one is stupid enough to think that going into flight training right now is a good move. Unless you hate money and love unemployment.
Replies: 202
Views: 78,098
Posted By Chief Willy

100% delay. There will be no jobs for years and...

100% delay. There will be no jobs for years and by starting exams you start the clock on getting your ratings. Most airlines are firing and wont be recruiting again for at least 3 years.
1st Jul 2020, 11:09
Replies: 9,975
Views: 5,993,948
Posted By Chief Willy

2021!!! Jesus that’s optimistic! We are looking...

2021!!! Jesus that’s optimistic! We are looking at about 1/4 to 1/3rd of all airline pilot jobs in Europe becoming redundant. Sadly there will be 10s of thousands of experienced and type-rated pilots...
Replies: 5
Views: 2,224
Posted By Chief Willy

A very wise move. Getting your first job in this...

A very wise move. Getting your first job in this industry involves hard work but also luck and timing. To an extent you can control the latter, and graduating within the next couple of years would be...
Replies: 202
Views: 78,098
Posted By Chief Willy

I hate to say it, but if you wanted to become a...

I hate to say it, but if you wanted to become a pilot and are now around the age you would start training, I think you might have missed the boat. There will not be any recruiting for many many...
19th Apr 2020, 08:37
Replies: 60
Views: 25,877
Posted By Chief Willy

Cargo airlines are enjoying a brief spike in...

Cargo airlines are enjoying a brief spike in demand only because belly-freight space on airliners have evaporated. The overall cargo market is still in decline, and will be in deep trouble when...
7th Apr 2020, 20:59
Replies: 16
Views: 3,970
Posted By Chief Willy

I’d be astounded if there is a large influx of ...

I’d be astounded if there is a large influx of
students after social-distancing restrictions are lifted.

Multiple news stories and analysis showing massive pilot redundancies and airline...
24th Mar 2020, 12:20
Replies: 250
Views: 84,011
Posted By Chief Willy

Airlines wont be recruiting for many years in big...

Airlines wont be recruiting for many years in big numbers. CAE will not tell you this as they still
want your money, obviously.

Walk away. Go do something else, then come
back in a couple of...
21st Mar 2020, 08:43
Replies: 60
Views: 25,877
Posted By Chief Willy

Very wise words Superpilot. I have seen too many...

Very wise words Superpilot. I have seen too many young lives ruined by going “all-in” on flying as a career with absolutely no back-up skill set for when the chips are down.

Delta Airlines are now...
16th Mar 2020, 10:43
Replies: 104
Views: 40,932
Posted By Chief Willy

Even Ryanair have frozen recruitment now....

Even Ryanair have frozen recruitment now. Airlines are closing up shop and bracing themselves for a torrid 2020. Things should hopefully improve by 2021 but these things tend to come back slowly.
...
12th Mar 2020, 08:11
Replies: 104
Views: 40,932
Posted By Chief Willy

I worry this will not be a “V” shaped recovery at...

I worry this will not be a “V” shaped recovery at all and it will take a protracted time for confidence to return to aviation. There is already a huge surplus of pilots and with more airlines set to...
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