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CAREER PILOT

Landing your dream job
CAREER PILOT is designed to help you get your flying career off to the best start (www.aopa.org/careerpilot).

YEAR ONE
» Wayne Phillips

Financial advice for would-be first officers and captains

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THE CARROT WAS put on a stick for everyone to consider in “Age-Old, Old-Age Question” (March 2012 Flight Training). The airline industry prognosticators are quite confident that it will become a buyer’s market for anyone of any age under 60 lusting after a flight deck chair in an airliner. The promise of a comfortable salary after a few years on the line, the prestige of being an airline pilot (although many flying veterans will warn that the luster and status have eroded), and a jetsetter lifestyle all add up to a wow factor that seems irresistible to many aviators. Based upon 2011 estimated pay rates, a first-year first officer at Southwest was earning about $56-plus per flying hour. A first-year captain would cash in about $180 per hour and change.

With a 75-hour monthly flying guarantee usually afforded by the airlines, a first-year FO could survive fairly well at $50,000 annually. That first-year captain cashes in at $162,000 with just 75 hours of flying in a month. FAR 121.471 will allow up to 100 hours per month of flying so many pilots do exceed their monthly guarantees. Add additional compensation for per diems, dead-heads, and international flying. On the other end of the spectrum, as just one example of estimated 2011 pay rates at a regional airline, a first-year captain at Pinnacle would take home about $67 an hour. So, the brand-new RJ captain can enjoy life at nearly $60,000 per year flying 75 hours monthly. Not bad. But, a first-year FO pulls in just $26.70 an hour. Flying a

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Flight Training - July 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - July 2012

Flight Training - July 2012
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Letters
Best of Both Worlds
How It Works
Knowledge Test News
After the Checkride
News
Since You Asked
News
Final Exam
Products
ASI News
AOPA Action
Flying Carpet
ENJOY THE VIEW
V IS FOR VELOCITY
TECHNIQUE
Weather
Checkride
Flight Lesson
Year One
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Is Flying Hard?
Delaying Solo
Are You Positive?
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - July 2012 - Flight Training - July 2012
Flight Training - July 2012 - Cover2
Flight Training - July 2012 - 1
Flight Training - July 2012 - 2
Flight Training - July 2012 - 3
Flight Training - July 2012 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - July 2012 - 5
Flight Training - July 2012 - Right Seat
Flight Training - July 2012 - Letters
Flight Training - July 2012 - 8
Flight Training - July 2012 - 9
Flight Training - July 2012 - Best of Both Worlds
Flight Training - July 2012 - 11
Flight Training - July 2012 - How It Works
Flight Training - July 2012 - Knowledge Test News
Flight Training - July 2012 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - July 2012 - News
Flight Training - July 2012 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - July 2012 - 17
Flight Training - July 2012 - News
Flight Training - July 2012 - 19
Flight Training - July 2012 - Final Exam
Flight Training - July 2012 - Products
Flight Training - July 2012 - ASI News
Flight Training - July 2012 - AOPA Action
Flight Training - July 2012 - 24
Flight Training - July 2012 - 25
Flight Training - July 2012 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - July 2012 - 27
Flight Training - July 2012 - ENJOY THE VIEW
Flight Training - July 2012 - 29
Flight Training - July 2012 - 30
Flight Training - July 2012 - 31
Flight Training - July 2012 - 32
Flight Training - July 2012 - 33
Flight Training - July 2012 - V IS FOR VELOCITY
Flight Training - July 2012 - 35
Flight Training - July 2012 - 36
Flight Training - July 2012 - 37
Flight Training - July 2012 - TECHNIQUE
Flight Training - July 2012 - 39
Flight Training - July 2012 - Weather
Flight Training - July 2012 - 41
Flight Training - July 2012 - 42
Flight Training - July 2012 - Checkride
Flight Training - July 2012 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - July 2012 - Year One
Flight Training - July 2012 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - July 2012 - 47
Flight Training - July 2012 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - July 2012 - Is Flying Hard?
Flight Training - July 2012 - Delaying Solo
Flight Training - July 2012 - Are You Positive?
Flight Training - July 2012 - Advertiser Index
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Flight Training - July 2012 - 54
Flight Training - July 2012 - 55
Flight Training - July 2012 - Debrief
Flight Training - July 2012 - Cover3
Flight Training - July 2012 - Cover4
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