Look Who's in the Left Seat
The departure area for the "regional" I was flying home is kind of noisy, so I was sitting with my iPod. "You coming home with us?" a voice said over the music; it was one of my friends, who was to be the Captain for my last leg home. He sat down to chat for a bit. He says they are "holding the line" at 1000 hours total and 100 multi, but that other carriers are not. Their washout rate is pretty low, but a few pilots have been let go during their first year for not coming up to the airline's standards, even after extra training. That's a relief two ways: first, deficient pilots get extra training, and, second, that does not lead to an automatic "pass."