I guess it varies from airline to airline and individual but for newhire training was literally the most challenging experience of my life. While ATP gives you a taste it was nothing compared to the airline training. It wasn’t a question of enjoying it or not, it’s just constant saturation. Regulations, company policies, systems, flows, and then of course sim.
For me it was the scariest part of this whole journey. You see we all take the “leap”, go to flight school, instruct, build time with this goal/dream of becoming an airline pilot. You interview, get hired and you’re like “Wow! I made it!” and the world is a beautiful place! You show up day 1, everyone is super nice, the first few days are HR and paperwork, union lunch, uniform fitting (very exciting), and you’re thinking la ti da this isn’t so bad and then it starts. Now everything is digital but when I attended you got this STACK of manual that are the size of dictionaries (if you know what those look like?) and the water starts to rise and doesn’t stop until you’re just trying to keep a nostril dry. And then someone gets cut. For me I’ve always been strong in the knowledge dept so the book stuff while difficult was manageable. It was the sim that kicked my butt. It’s a jet and everything is happening twice as fast, the sim is hyper sensitive and unlike props there’s turbine lag so you need to anticipate EVERYTHING (if you’re reacting you’re too late). Inevitably EVERYONE has a BAD sim session (hopefully it’s just one). It completely rattles your confidence, your hear about another guy washing out and you start seeing this whole dream that’s SOOOOO CLOSE slipping away (me and a friend had a standing joke that continues to this day “so this is where it ends…”). That sir is when you either dig DEEP or crumble and I’ve seen both. Fortunately I was able to rise above but it was not easy. Things may be different now with the demand but even so, you washout of newhire training and you’ll have a hard time getting another shot. Scary stuff.
As to why people washout it’s all the above. Yes some don’t work hard enough and often it’s self inflicted but other times it’s not. I know mommy, daddy and the purple dinosaur told you all you can do/be anything and everyone gets a trophy etc but the reality is (and I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news) no you can’t and not everyone can be an airline pilot. It isn’t winning the Olympics or rocket science but it does require a certain level of intelligence and coordination. I’ve seen people work really hard and fail. Those are the people I have sympathy for, if you’re a slacker you get none.
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Alaska is a Major but not a Legacy carrier.