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Wednesday, 16 December 2009 21:53
Umpa, you wouldnt be saying that if you had the slightest clue. You dont. Your loved ones are not dead. Not too long ago no one got hired without a significant amount of experience. That changed drastically in the mid 2000s as the airlines sourced the cheapest labor they could find to fill the flight deck. a commercial pilot flying part 121 should have 4 things: (1) Aptitude (2) Training (3) Experience (4) Proven performance record. The ATP requirement addresses part of the problem, not all of it but at least it is a start. Until recently ( the last decade ) the above four items were carefully evaluated by the airlines before a job offer was made. The airlines selected the best from a big pool of highly qualified applicants. Much of that changed as they moved to a system of seeking out the lowest cost labor available that met the MINIMUM legal requirements. The results speak for themselves.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 05:09
The flight training requirements the families are fighting for are unreal. It was not the pilots training but fatigue that caused the problems. Fight for that instead of targeting flight hours. Besides if you dont like the travel arrangemets in the sky, just stay on the ground. Everyone knows the risks they are getting into when they fly, geeze.
Monday, 14 December 2009 08:21
I have been flying as a career pilot since 1976. I have witness a dramatic reduction in credentials and skill set required to pass. The bar has been dramatically lowered in aptitude and ability at the airline level in an effort to save money by allowing the job to be out sourced to the lowest bidder (pilot) the regionals can find. Some people had been driving cars for over 5500 hours yet they are unsafe on the road. And yes starviego that is exactly what he did.
Monday, 14 December 2009 03:56
A pilot with over 5500 hours does not respond to a stall warning by pulling back on the yoke. Something else happened aboard that aircraft.
Thursday, 10 December 2009 19:40
Looks like the commuter airlines will get their way and continue to hire low time pilots all in the name of saving a couple bucks per ticket vs putting safety first. Today was a big setback. How many more of these preventable accidents will it take?
Thursday, 10 December 2009 10:15
My deepest condolences for the loved ones you have lost and sincere gratitude for your efforts on behalf our loved ones on future flights, whether they be passengers, pilots or crew. I will be sure to write my representatives to support your legislation and any legislation that will improve air travel safety and the quality of life for the skilled and talented pilots and crew who work so very hard. It is disappointing to think that highly-trained pilots, crew and controllers earn less than some marketing executive or bean counter back in the corporate office. This should change.
Thursday, 19 November 2009 09:04
First, I applaud everyones effort to affect change in the airline industry. I too have been writing Congress, the FAA and the NTSB. I hope they hear my concerns. Since the tragedy of Flight 3407, the industry has not changed. As a regional airline pilot I have seen our schedules become longer with even less rest over the past several months. Imagine flying 6 trips during a 14 hour duty day and flying your last trip into a mountainous airport at midnight in the middle of winter. This is an accident waiting to happen, but the ATA and RAA will continue to say its legal. Unfortunately its about greed and money, and until the airlines take ownership of their problems, things will only get worse.
Sunday, 15 November 2009 15:05
The link posted below is well worth the time to read and fully supports the efforts the families have taken to shore up air transportation safety. I commend those who are taking the effort in the name of their fallen loved ones to make the airlines clean up their act in terms of pilot background and qualifications.
Thursday, 05 November 2009 20:56
My heart goes out to all the family and friends who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Sadly this accident was predicted by those in aviation who saw the trend building long before 3407 was lost. I do not want to post a very long winded explanation on this board but for those who want to dig deeper into what was going on in the industry leading up to 3407 a very good overview can be found here: http://forums.jetcareers.com/general-topics/53768-expectations-how-save-5-a
Sunday, 27 September 2009 11:19
Even months later, its still such a sad, emotional, heart-breaking, dumbfounding, incomprehensible feeling. You all are in my prayers. I know that the pain will never EVER go away...but life will go on and my prayer is that with each day, you find that grief and pain lessens in some way and you find peace in your hearts.
Monday, 07 September 2009 03:41
I wrote a song called 3407 about the tragedy; as someone living so close to where the plane went down, I wanted to put into words and song the feelings I felt, and I know these feelings will be felt by those who hear the song, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_uxWZWQmHk is where I have a rough draft of the song posted right now. Sincerely, Mark Weber
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 11:20
My heart and prayers goes out to all the families. I read the stories. I watched the videos. May your group in some way make a change. My son was killed in an accident 19 years ago, so in some ways I know your pain.
Saturday, 20 June 2009 01:56
Dear Robin, I just listened to the recording on WBEN from 6/18, and I was very impressed with how you presented yourself and the families feelings. Im sure Darren is watching and is so very proud of you and the kids! I think of you and your kids often and pray for you over your loss. I pray that this Fathers Day will be bearable for you, Nikki and Darren. Love, Mary
Thursday, 18 June 2009 18:20
On behalf of the active and retired employees of United Airlines, kindly accept our deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow and compassion for your loss. May God bless you and comfort you and your loved ones in your time of grief. If there is anything that can be done to help alleviate the pain in anyway, please know that we are here for you. Captain Dan Hanley Whistleblowing Airline Employees Association
Friday, 12 June 2009 08:12
Darren - we love you and miss you!
Deborah Tangelder, resident and business
Monday, 01 June 2009 16:20
Words cannot express how my heart goes out to each and every one of you. May God bless you all with comfort, healing and a peaceful heart. Please know of the many prayers that will continue to come your way.
Michael A. Dudas, CVFD #41
Wednesday, 27 May 2009 04:24
My thoughts and prayers are with all that were effected with this tragedy. I had just joined the Clarence Fire Department in Jan. 09...the plane crash was my first fire that I responded to. I will never forget that day...as well as all of the souls that were lost. I hope that in the time ahead, your families can find comfort.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 05:34
My love and respect go out to all those affected by the crash. My boyfriend of 2 years was on that flight coming to visit me. He was the only man ive ever loved and known to die. I know how hard it is and still cant believe its happened. I wish the best for all of you in this hard time and i know well all get through this eventually.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 07:52
My condolences and respect to all involved in the accident. I am a regional airline pilot first officer (not at Colgan) and I make $18,000 per year. Last week, I sold an old Playstation 2 with games SO I COULD EAT. I am supposedly a professional, but I get paid less than a fast-food cook. Let us change the industry. BETTER PAY! MORE REST! HIGHER TICKET PRICES!
Friday, 15 May 2009 11:04
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you who lost loved ones aboard Continental Flight 3407. All of us at ACCESS (AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services) have lost loved ones in hundreds of air disasters dating back to 1958 and we know firsthand how difficult this type of loss can be. As a result of losing a loved one aboard TWA Flight 800 in 1996 I founded ACCESS and we now have 250 Volunteer Grief Mentors who have all lost loved ones in past air disasters who have been trained and volunteer their time to be available to you. Our services are free. We partner mothers to mothers, spouses to spouses, siblings to siblings, orphans to orphans and other relationships lost for as long as the greiving need support. Our Volunteers Grief Mentors are currently counseling numerous people from Continental Flight 3407 and we are here for you if you would like to talk to someone who has experienced a similar loss who can offer you a perspective about to expect in the weeks, months and years to come. We are thinking of you and we are here for you now or whenever you may need our support. I am so proud of all of you for forming this wonderful and important organization. Warmest wishes and big hugs to all of you. Heidi Snow Founder AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services www.accesshelp.org Helpline: 877-227-6435