BE20 Driver wrote:
I'm not so much as chasing metal as I am chasing pay and the lifestyle (earlier retirement) that can bring.
I don't have a hate on for Canada. It's an ok place to be. I do think a lot of our taxes get wasted here but I assume that politicians are the same the world over. I think other countries also do an ok job of providing services and we're not unique in having clean drinking water or good healthcare.
The intent of my original post was to cast a wide net. I'm looking at a few operators but I figured there might be some that I was leaving out. I'm doing my best to make a reasoned decision for me and my family. That requires combing through 2 pages of macro-economic theory, tax code and a lot of thread drift for what amounts to 2-3 actual suggestions. Ultimately, the decision rests with me and my family but since we're open to other places, I'd like to look at as many options as possible. Maybe out of all of them, Canada turns out to be the best. Maybe not.
If the WAWCON in Canada improved greatly, more people would consider staying. The gap is only widening between WS and AC and also the overseas carriers. I understand why the Cathay pilots are considering returning home. Many of the US carriers have improved their salary/compensation packages and that also has many Americans looking at coming home to work for a Legacy carrier there. I just can't see any Canadian carrier offering a 30% increase like Delta got. I am starting to think that our national identity isn't that we're nice friendly apologetic Canadians, it's that we're politely cheap. We don't want to pay extra for quality.
As for the PIC time, I think that when you act as commander of a King Air, 1900, Q400 etc. you develop critical thinking and decision making skills that stay with you. The basis of my previous argument is that combine those critical thinking skills and Command decision making with several years in the right seat of a 737 learning systems, ETOPS, international operations, it seems a little silly that you need to have 250-500 hours of PIC time on a 737. Really, that's only 3-6 months of experience in command of a jet. All of that time could be in clear and a million summer flying weather. It makes sense if that was your first command job but most Canadians will spend roughly 1/2 of their career in the left seat and have developed these skills already. Same idea with the 45 ton limit. Time on a Dash8-300 won't count but a Q400 will in most places. Silly line in the sand since you operate in the same airspace doing basically the same job.
Let me be(slightly) more helpful. I have a lot of friends overseas, just not pilots.
If it was me, family is absolutely first. I'd visit, talk to people actually living in your country of interest, fully understand the lifestyle choices your family will accept. Schools, safety issues, health care, culture. It's a big decision once family is involved. It's not for everyone, either.