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great article

Stifler's Mom

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Although it doesn't paint us (Regionals) in a favorable light, it is realistic of some of the fears that are out there.

All I can do is go to work and try to fly each and every leg as safely as possible to help quash some of those fears.
 

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Ah yes...the Washington Post.

The paper so full of itself its slogan is "If you don't get it, you don't get it."
 

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Did the writer ever make a point?
Or say anything you haven't heard before, for that matter? They've got an agenda, they want bigger, more comfortable planes with more experienced pilots.

Hey, if they want to stop producing Embraer and Bombardier products, and just stick with Boeings and Airbus, my feelings aren't hurt.
 

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Her answer, at least for the moment, is no. She's stopped booking the regional jets operated by Skywest Airlines under the United Express banner for the 262-mile flight to San Francisco. Now she pilots her 2007 Honda SUV up the freeway to meet with her Bay Area clients.

What an idiot, who does she expect to fly her little prop plane to SFO CAptain Sully? Does she know that who ever occupies that seat lives in poverty and there is such thing as people have to start somewhere? This ridiculous fad will last maybe about another week. The American public have a very short attention span.
 

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The regionals should have the ATP as a minimum requirement, not just the written.

Perhaps you mean a higher minimum number of hours. An hour in a Seminole with a friendly DE is all that separates a 1,500 hour Comm. pilot from an ATP. Personally, I'd prefer to see at least 1000hrs, some serious single pilot IFR, bush time, tailwheel time, basic aerobatics and/or glider time.

"Her answer, at least for the moment, is no. She's stopped booking the regional jets operated by Skywest Airlines under the United Express banner for the 262-mile flight to San Francisco. Now she pilots her 2007 Honda SUV up the freeway to meet with her Bay Area clients."

So she is 200-1000 times (depending on the statistice one uses) more likely to die on this drive than flying on an airline that has never been faulted for a single passenger fatality in its 37-year history.

I wonder how many auto fatalities are actually victims of the media fearmongers, because they chose to drive instead of fly.
 

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Its not even a Turbo-prob SBA-SFO.. its a CRJ-2 or CRJ7...


I liked how she called the crew a couple of children!
 

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Maybe if the kiddies didnt show up to fly thier RJ's with rings, bracelets, back pack, iPods, spiked hair, wearing their sunglasses on the back of thier heads and actually knew how to wear a uniform. The general public would get over the "kids in the cockpit" syndrome.
Hell, even lie to the passengers. When they ask how long you've been flying for, reply "I've been out of the Navy or Air Force for 4 yrs now"
 

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Wayback; yeah, just lie about it, take away from the honest background of many pilots.

In one sentence you try to promote professionalism, then you ruin it by prompting young pilots to lie to their pax.
 

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Maybe if the kiddies didnt show up to fly thier RJ's with rings, bracelets, back pack, iPods, spiked hair, wearing their sunglasses on the back of thier heads and actually knew how to wear a uniform. The general public would get over the "kids in the cockpit" syndrome.
Hell, even lie to the passengers. When they ask how long you've been flying for, reply "I've been out of the Navy or Air Force for 4 yrs now"

Bingo...

It's a general appearance thing. I never thought about it until I was riding around in the back of all these RJs crewed by kids in their early 20s who don't look like they're old enough to shave, and girls who haven't yet reached menarche.

I'll be the first to admit I was trying to be one of them when I was that age. 9/11 and a souring economy made sure I had a gray hair or three by the time I stepped foot in a Dash 8 cockpit. Had a lot more when I finally got out of it the last time....
 

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Do you really want to give the public the impression that the 25k/yr salary their $59 ticket is supporting puts captain america in the cockpit?
 

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I actually don't really mind this article... It is factually correct. Also, OPEC is right. Looking and acting like a professional is the first step toward actually becoming one. It also makes you much easier to work with.

Hey, if the public wants more in the way of Boeings and Airbii, then so be it. That can only help those of us still trying to make a career out of this crazy business.

As a side note, if passengers have a thing about "small" airplanes, what would happen if I picked them up in a state of the art GV or X? I guess "little" is in the eye of the beholder...
 

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I think, if a passenger boards an RJ and says "I thought this flight was going to be on a jet," they should be arrested and charged under 121 CFR "interfering with a crew member."
 

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I think, if a passenger boards an RJ and says "I thought this flight was going to be on a jet," they should be arrested and charged under 121 CFR "interfering with a crew member."

Had someone make that comment while waiting on us to take him to FLO. I told him the next flight was a jet and he should ask to be re-booked if he wanted to avoid the prop. He got re-booked. I wasn't there to see the reaction when the next Dash 8 pulled up..
 

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Had someone make that comment while waiting on us to take him to FLO. I told him the next flight was a jet and he should ask to be re-booked if he wanted to avoid the prop. He got re-booked. I wasn't there to see the reaction when the next Dash 8 pulled up..
ha ha that's classic...I fly for a fractional and airline every week ...and yes A LOt of RJs ,And turboprops....I have the utmost confidence and respect for all you regional pilots , for your ability and the amount of crap you guys put up with......Unfortunately accidents do happen
 

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Small plane for a small town Lady.
 
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