You’re read all about that already.
You’ve read here about Kate Hanni, a
Airline pilots famously chafe at the idea of any more regulation in an industry – and a profession – they feel is already over-regulated. But I’m hearing from pilots all the time who say something has to be done about the increasing and severe problems of planes sitting on ramps for many hours with passengers trapped aboard, unable to take off or return to the gate.
How about hearing from a veteran airline pilot? I recently spoke to retired airline pilot Vance Atkinson, 64, of
Here are some excerpts from a long interview I had with him recently:
--“During any seven days I might get on seven or eight different airlines, so I get really good exposure to this crap” (on airlines).
--“The airlines have no capacity. They are stretched to the limit. Years ago, when airlines were flying only 40-60 percent full, they also had a lot of excess capacity, both in pilots in reserve and in aircraft, and they could respond to the problems. In a weather situation there’s nothing that’s going to help you out immediately, but the recovery went a lot quicker then, before you had planes booked to the max.”--“Now, reserve crews are down to the minimum. The airlines don’t have any spare airplanes sitting around anymore. They’re all being used. In order to overcome problems like delays and cancellations, they have to have spare equipment -- and they don’t. They don’t want to give the public any kind of backup whatsoever.”
--“I think management has cut down on just about everything they can. Now they’re making money, but management is taking that money itself, not sharing it with the employees, and employees are furious.”