Here’s a look at what they’re offering, according to the report from Bloomberg, citing a former United Airlines pilot who says he’s been inundated with offers from Chinese carriers:
Regional carrier Qingdao Airlines promises as much as $318,000 a year. Sichuan Airlines, which flies to Canada and Australia, is pitching $302,000. Both airlines say they’ll also cover his income tax bill in China.
Some American airlines are offering free ATP training, the training necessary to become an airline pilot. I’m not aware of China’s regulations, but some foreign companies are so lax that if you can breathe and carry your chart bag, which is now on your iPad you may be hired.
Cutting corners, stretching truth, and outright lies, some of which are treacherously dangerous, are part of the scene around the world and the U.S. is catching up very fast, depending on who you are. Most of the pilots in the U.S. that I know are men and women of character who overdo their study and required recurrent training and check rides, etc. A paper check ride is beneath their character, and that’s very good for their family and passengers.
All of this to share a good quote from the noted Chinese philosopher, Confucius.
“If there be righteousness in the heart there will be beauty in the character.”
The Rice Burner, (whoops, must remember my diversity training) hit the nail smack dab on the head. Observable actions over time paint a portrait of the inner person, and if the internal morals of a man or woman is lacking, a lack of character will gush out in some sort of scandal.
The reverse is also true. True character will out. Trouble often reveals character, or the lack thereof. This is true of individuals, nations or entire civilized societies. Noted British historian, Arnold Toynbee, when asked during an interview with BBC, “Dr. Toynbee, in studies of history what have you found most striking?” After a thoughtful pause, Mr. Toynbee stated, “In my studies I have found that when it gets the darkest, the stars come out!”
As I recall Dr. Toynbee called England’s brightest star of 70 some years ago, Winston Churchill, to mind. Who can ever forget the raw courage of the “English Bull Dog” of WWII?
In elementary school, one of the most common arguments went something like this, “Oh, yeah, I know I am a liar, but you’re a bigger liar, you’re really the biggest liar in Howard Street School!” I know, it reminds you of some political campaigns. But, how are you on the character bit?
Here’s a word from King Solomon, Proverbs 23:23 “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.”
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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