I admire you wanting to make things better for the industry, it's not as simple as creating a college to get better wages and working conditions and respect from the public. Lots of non aviation industries are under pressure as well. When you see Air Canada pilots on strike, it doesn't make the public have much sympathy when the rest of us are worried about our job security and see our benefits slowly disappear year after year. New grads are having a hell of a time finding work that pays the bills. Most dont for a few years. What are you going to do when there are five people, with credentials, who would love to have your job for less pay and benefits because it beats working in retail? I dont think any of the operators are having a hard time finding qualified people - a college cant force anything upon them when other pilots will gladly take the job, college member or not, unless you mandate airlines to hire college members only.Duster wrote:We may gain some influence over our regulatory oversite, over setting licensing standards.
And gaining influence over setting licensing standards? It'd be nice to see, but again, airlines have their own standards anyway and these will superscede whatever the college wants. Just because I get a CPL doesn't mean i get a job. I had a conversation with the guy selling me mens shoes the other day. He's an architect. No jobs. He belongs to a college/association. Too many people looking for the same and dwindling amount of architect jobs, which means not everyone gets one, and those who do, are settling for less and less money and working conditions.