The Wall Street Journal has taken a careful and reasoned look at the question of safety and commuter airlines, particularly in terms of pilot experience.
It describes how commuter airlines have been hiring pilots with just a fraction of the flight time required just a decade ago. (Which might be what you have to do when you don’t offer a decent wage.)
The scariest part: ” … since 2003 commuter airlines have had a serious-accident rate per 100,000 departures 10 times that of major airlines, according to government and industry data, not to mention scores of unpublicized close calls.”
But go ahead. Read the whole thing.