The author of the response was Azard Hosein, a Freelance Multi-Engine IR Instructor from the UK. Like many, since 2006 Azard has experienced his fair share of the difficulties of the aviation industry and is determined to help his industry to improve.
Speaking about his response Azard commented: "What really matters is how 'we', as an industry, respond to the forces that we are all being subjected to. I very much hope that my comments provide some form of inspiration, and confidence, within our industry, and show that our strength and ability to achieve change derives from a collective foundation involving all industry participants."
Azard has kindly permitted me to share his response in full below, and it is certainly worth thinking about in the current climate.
Ours is a frustrated industry.
There are arguments supporting both sides of the coin, but essentially it appears to boil down to one thing - a lack of trust and confidence in Pilots by Airlines.Lets face it :- For many years Pilots had it good - Join an airline, accept a bond, gain a type and six months later jump ship to the supposed greener grass, without a thought about the financial loss experienced by their previous employer. Therefore, is it any surprise that our airlines have seized the opportunity to turn the tables?The decision of the airlines to endorse self-sponsorship is further supported by challenging market conditions and the, until recently, fluidity of finance to support this practice.In the shadow of the lessons of other industries (e.g. media, banking) our industry should resign itself to the inevitable conclusion that self-regulation has regrettably failed. I'm sure that we can all think of examples within our industry that invoke feelings of disgust, shame and sadness.It is a failure of ourselves, a failure of the airlines and most importantly a failure of the regulators.In terms of our 'Industry' and it's problems - We must accept that as an 'industry' we worked against each other and broke it. It stands to reason therefore that as an 'industry' it is now incumbent upon us to work together and fix it.I would offer that our only remedy now exists in going to law and seeking proper regulation in order to ensure that a restorative mandate is allowed to prosper which allows for (non-exhaustively) (a) the restoration of the trust and confidence that has long evaporated; (b) the termination/major reduction of financial discrimination that is now a supposed accepted norm; (c) a reversal of current practices contributing to cumulative reductions in flight safety; (d) drastic improvements in recruitment practices and social mobility within aviation; (e) limitations in airline business structures designed to avoid statutory/regulatory obligations;To list but a few.Let us not attribute blame or judge those who must make their decisions in accordance with their own circumstances. Negative emotions directed towards our fellow colleagues serve only to reduce our collective credibility and perception of our professionalism.I appreciate that this thread's question asked 'Are you willing to pay for your own Type Rating?', however no matter which way you attempt to answer that question there is always one core question that surfaces time and time again, and that is: Our industry broken and how do we intend to fix it?How you respond to that question will define the future of our industry. The choice is yours.
What are your thoughts? Please feel free to comment below. If you would like to view Azard's LinkedIn profile or connect with him on LinkedIn you can do so here.