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World’s super-rich hit by private jet pilot shortage (independent.co.uk)
10 points by seapunk 5 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments

This article reminds me of two things: the very low pay of pilots just starting out, and Abigail Disney.

Article from 2017 citing low pay as a reason for pilot shortage:


To quote Disney:

"If I were queen of the world, I would pass a law against private jets, because they enable you to get around a certain reality," Abigail Disney recently told The Cut. "You don't have to go through an airport terminal, you don't have to interact, you don't have to be patient, you don't have to be uncomfortable. These are the things that remind us we're human."


What are private jet pilots paid? Are they independent contractors? I'm guessing the pay and benefits aren't good enough or there wouldn't be a shortage. What am I missing?

It is a very long, tedious, and expensive process to get licensed as a commercial pilot to carry passengers. I don't have pay numbers on hand, but it would have to be very high to make all that worthwhile. And, when those pilots' employment options are between an airplane with just a few people or a jumbo-jet full of paying customers, it's no wonder these private jet owners are being priced out of the pilot market.

Yes, the pay is crap. In general, the only pilots who make good money (150-200K) are senior pilots at major airlines.

As with any labor shortage, youre right that it's really "a shortage who are willing to work for the offered salary."

It seems strange to me that a class of customers who are quite obviously price insensitive are having trouble, when they're competing with an airline industry which quick frankly has a terrible history of profitability and therefore seem to be much more price sensitive.

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