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Training consisted of simulator sessions and lots of ground school. Memorizing systems, checklists,
and flows meant long hours of study in and out of the classroom.

associates who swear an airline pilot job
is the bomb. It was a long shot for this
aging fly girl. With no previous Part 121
time at my age, I assumed I was not a
desirable pilot candidate for an airline.
Surprise, surprise.
I had multiple offers from regional
carriers, and chose one based solely on
its vivacious recruiter whose enthusiasm was contagious. I studied for the
technical interview, did well, and was
hired. I received a standard conditional job offer that warns new hires
not to quit their jobs, since the offer
is contingent upon completing all the
training-fewer than 50 percent make it
through.
My boss granted me a leave of
absence from the flight school, threw a
send-off party, and hung a plaque in the
flight school entryway congratulating
me on my move to the airlines. It felt
awkward. I reminded him there was no
job guarantee. My boss was convinced I
would be successful. With much excitement, I was off to my new life.
I'm not sure what I expected, but it
was not what I had envisioned.
Like everyone else in my class, I
started off with high hopes and great
enthusiasm for this new chapter. But all
too quickly, the mood declined. I was
told life at the regional airline pilot level
is the pits. Apparently this was common
knowledge. The employees at the airline
and my training classmates who had been
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with other carriers swore all regionals
suck. You must pay the price of shabby
treatment now to reap the benefits years
down the road after moving up to a major
airline. I didn't have time to reap such
benefits. Was this really worth it?
My class consisted of a mix of experienced airline pilots coming from defunct
carriers or existing ones where they felt
mistreated; a few 40-somethings who
bailed or failed other regional airline
training programs; quite a few 20-somethings, and a few guys in their 50s. I was
the only one of a certain age.
My hotel room faced a noisy six-lane
interstate. It was impossible to get a
good night's sleep. My bed smelled.
Changing the linens didn't help. Unreliable hotel internet made using the
airline company iPad (electronic flight
bag) impossible at times.
I forgot how to smile. Five straight
weeks of long days sitting in ground
school in windowless classrooms were
tough. There was lots of material in a
short amount of time. Test after test. But
airline training is notorious for that, so
this was no surprise. I did well but was
not happy; in fact, most everyone seemed
unhappy.
To get through the initial stages of
training, you must be able to focus and
discipline yourself. No problem for me.
But I have to work hard to achieve high
grades, and it was not fun. I battled
fatigue. There were not enough hours


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