Pilots On Food Stamps --An Inside Look At Why Your Flight Was Cancelled

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Pilots On Food Stamps is a true to life account of the current pilot shortage facing the United States. The author uses real time-lines and actual pilot wages to demonstrate how airline flights are being cancelled and passengers left with few options. While airlines make billions of dollars in profits, the American taxpayer is paying for the food stamps that many airline pilots qualify for. More

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About Ben Mandell

Ben Mandell is a commercial pilot and a leader in the aviation industry. Ben has testified before governmental commissions regarding the flight training industry and has pushed for consumer protection laws to insure that pre-paid student flight school tuition is safely protected.

Ben has a unique understanding of how all of the pieces fit together within the aviation industry and has been instrumental in helping pilots and aviation employees at all job levels within the industry.

Ben works tirelessly within the industry to help improve the quality of life for everyone connected within it. This book is a direct result of his desire to help prospective pilots avoid the bad guys and keep their career on track.

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Review by: C. S. Woolley on Oct. 9, 2014 :
With flights around the world becoming cheaper and cheaper in the back of our minds we all know that costs are having to be cut somewhere along the line but the idea that pilots get paid wages that are so low they need food stamps doesn’t really permeate through when it comes to booking a bargain flight.
This book is a brilliant indictment that really highlights the problems and issues that are being faced by pilots today. From the costs of going to pilot school to the low wages that pilots are offered, the modern day reality of working as a pilot is a far flung thing from the glory days of pilots being idolised.
This book is a frightening read, but an important one, highlighting the issues and conditions that bubble under the surface of the air industry away from the scrutiny of the public eye. From the aircrash outside of Buffalo NY to the misery that is endured by pilots saddled with the debts of pilot school and a shocking low income that they have to survive on.
Some of the most shocking discoveries that I made when this book included the fact that pilots are being paid for flight time which makes it very hard for some pilots to make ends meet and how many planes are shared by airlines, being rebranded for different flights.
For many the idea that this can be going on right under our noses in an industry that has so many restrictions when it comes to security at airports and what you are allowed to carry when you fly.
The most important thing to take away from this book is not the sad fact of how much pilots earn but what can be done to help improve this situation for the pilots and the passengers on airlines.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Review by: Annaleichuchu on Sep. 27, 2014 :
I have always been interested in flying and for a long time so I wanted to read this book. I love to travel and I wanted to know more about the industry. The information that I found in this book was shocking to me. Pilots spend so much time in school and spend a lot of money to complete their training, yet they are not paid very well for all of their hard work. It saddened me that this is happening to them. For all those years in school and training, they don’t make enough money to pay bills. The book does a great job to explain why these pilots are getting underpaid and what can be done about this in the future to make sure that pilots are being treated better. I learned that pilots are only paid for their actual flight time. I actually never knew that until reading this book. This was a great read and I learned a lot about the industry and how pilots are truly underpaid. I am going to recommend this book to some of my friends!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: tinkertrain on Sep. 25, 2014 :
This book exposes the real, hard, ugly truths to the airline industry and its grossly underpaid pilots. It's a real shame that they barely paid enough to put food on the table, along with having to take out a quarter-million dollar loan just to get educated to become a pilot! It makes me wonder why any even go into the business....
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Ray Lamont on Sep. 23, 2014 :
Pilot On The food Stamp is a glorious book which deals the condition of pilots & airline industry. Pilots & passengers life life are miserable when the craft became crashed. What type of air crafts & pilots may be better ? For this book is written.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jenny Phillips on Sep. 23, 2014 :
You'll never look at the airline industry the same after reading Pilots on food stamps! I remember when the plane crashed into a house near Buffalo NY. The crashed killed all 49 people on board and one person in the house. What I didn't know was the plane was made to look like a Continental Flight by a process called Code Shares. Code Shares is when an airline sells the plane ticket on more than one carrier.

I always thought all airline pilots were super rich. Well, that is not always the truth. In fact, many pilots pay huge sums for their education only to live a life of struggle to pursue their passion.

It seems the crashing economy has really hit the airline industries hard. I only hope The Railway Labor Act and other factors at play does not risk the safety of the flying public.

Before you step on an airplane, read this book!

I would rather know what is going on then to find out too late!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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