Hello community, and hello pilot mentors!
First off, thank you all so much for sharing all your insights and also your opinions. Fantastic source.
A little while ago I already posted a question about becoming an airline pilot at age 51 and got great answers from the mentors in the forum. Thank you for that. My followup question shifts the focus on the “career” itself.
Being “late to the game” at 51, I think it is fair to say that, in spite of still having about 12 years of service to offer to an airline, it is reasonable to look at a career entirely with a regional. I was wondering if there were pilots out there who never moved up to the majors and stayed at the regionals and what their view on their career is or was. Can it be desirable to stay there? While of course subjective, would one generally say that with a greater seniority, the perks can be considerable? … like: Better bids, routes, schedules, time off, pay? What is realistically achievable in terms of salary? Is it fair to say it is highly improbable to reach, say, 6 figures? … Or what other points would you make in favor of or against a career with the regionals?
Your feedback, factual or subjective comment, is welcome. I’m curious to hear your thoughts.
Thank you so much.