United Airlines, the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, will begin accepting applications today as it embarks on an ambitious plan to train 5,000 new pilots by 2030, at least half of them women and people of color. …
“Over the next decade, United will train 5,000 pilots who will be guaranteed a job with United, after they complete the requirements of the Aviate program — and our plan is for half of them to be women and people of color,” said United CEO Scott Kirby.
Any highly qualified white male applicant to United’s pilot program who is rejected by the company during the next ten years should consider consulting a lawyer.
Generally speaking, elites take a lot of plane trips. So even at the national airlines of revolutionary sub-Saharan countries in the 1970s, they seldom yanked the stick from the hands of white pilots for political principles.
But American elites are getting so high on their own supply that they aren’t even fazed anymore by the increased chance of plowing into the ground at 400 mph. …
And, besides, real soon now robots will do all the flying, so pilots are just going to be totally symbolic, right? And what’s more important than symbolism? Ours is now the Symbolic Society where all that matters is getting more of the Good People and fewer of the Bad People in positions of respect.
You’re forgetting the vast increase of wealth among those elites, especially the top slice of the elites that are really pulling the strings.
Somehow I suspect that private jet pilots will still be carefully selected based upon merit…
My best friend from high school is a pilot for United. They’ve been trying to diversify their pilot ranks for a while now. Only one problem: those darn POC’s and wymynzez won’t cooperate and keep failing the requirements. Not a lot of women apply anyway; women seek the perks of authority, not the burden of responsibility that flying a plane requires.
My understanding of modern commercial aviation is that it is so automated that the technology creates a false illusion that they can actually just plug any affirmative action candidate into the cockpit.
Routine air travel is rather boring for pilots and passengers alike. Pilot skill often only becomes evident when Very Bad Things happen, such as the birdstrikes that disabled both engines on the aircraft Chesley Sullenberger successfully ditched in the Hudson. …
Another was a commuter plane that crashed Buffalo in 2009. The aircraft had been in automated flight for the entire trip from NYC, but it iced up during the approach and the autopilot disabled itself and forced the pilot to fly manually. He actually overrode the stick pusher and put the airplane in a nose-up attitude as his stall warning indicator was going off, exacerbating the stall into an unrecoverable event and killing all on board. His co-pilot was a 23-year old girl who was as clueless as he was; she stated on the cockpit voice recorder that she had never had to do in inflight deicing just minutes before the crash.
Flying is boring and routine until it isn’t, and when unexpected things happen you have seconds to make the right decision. Plenty of white guys with many hours have fucked up when the SHTF, I can’t even imagine how much worse it will be when marginally-qualified affirmative action hires are put into those situations.
Successfully piloting a jet liner absolutely depends on accurate objective reasoning that is the foundation of good judgement under enormous pressure.
You can’t teach judgement. That’s a highly heritable trait.