The recurring point here is that the industry seems to be going downhill, and will go downhill faster when the 1500 hr rule is in effect. Something not discussed is, how can I build up the hours required without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars? In other words, where can a low-time pilot like me build up time and experience, and maybe get paid for it in the meantime?
In regards to your earlier comments:
Regarding crashes, it would seem that many pilots forget to use checklists, sometimes claiming that 'memory serves me better' (although memorization is a good idea anyway). An instructor of mine once said, "It's not a checklist; it's a do-list." It would also appear that the old stick-and-rudder skills are disappearing. The Colgan Air flight might not have crashed had the pilot been ingrained with the knowledge [old habits appear when fatigued] that during icing conditions, the speeds used must be higher, and in any event, you can't pull back on the stick while at a critical
Quick question to all those out there who've made it - if the 1500 hrs rule goes into effect, nonmilitary pilots who are just getting their Private Pilot certificates, as well as many students, will likely fall out of the industry as they see little point in continuing to work for an absurdly high number of hours so that they can make less money than the people packaging the food, if they can even get hired. As a young, relatively new Private Pilot (2010), with only about 65 hrs to my credit (but over 150 flights, many in gliders), does anyone have any recommendations on how to build up a few hundred hours without building up a lot of debt? And do you have anything to say on the future of the industry?