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Old 09-17-2009, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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PBS Frontline is doing an hour long documentary on the airline industry post deregulation - with a focus on issues raised in the Colgan 3407 crash. We are looking for current/former regional pilots to talk with us on background on issues and concerns they have as it relates to safety. We are also looking for pilots with time in the Q400 - and we hopee - some access to a full mission sim. Please respond here or send an email to pilot/plane owner/reporter Miles O'Brien at miles@milesobrien.com.
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Miles,
I think it is going to be tough to find a current Q pilot to talk to you. You should know the FAA is crawling all over Q operators. Inspections, Line-checks, and all checkrides and PCs.
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Any current pilot would be stupid to talk to you.
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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PBS Frontline is doing an hour long documentary on the airline industry post deregulation - with a focus on issues raised in the Colgan 3407 crash. We are looking for current/former regional pilots to talk with us on background on issues and concerns they have as it relates to safety. We are also looking for pilots with time in the Q400 - and we hopee - some access to a full mission sim. Please respond here or send an email to pilot/plane owner/reporter Miles O'Brien at miles@milesobrien.com.
I would like $400/hr, all expenses paid, first class travel, personal assistant with my own trailer, guaranteed 20 mins of airtime and a five year $780,000 contract to be the PBS Frontline Aviation Consultant.

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Any current pilot would be stupid to talk to you.
Many furloughed pilots or those who are tired of stand-ups and 16 hour duty days would love to talk about it.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I personally wouldn't speak with a reporter without first clearing my statements through an attorney (in other words, never). Remember they are accountable to no one and no thing - including the truth. And of course Miles O'Brien isn't going to be at your FAA or airline termination hearing if you say something incriminating.

That said, Frontline is one of my favorite shows.
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That said, Frontline is one of my favorite shows.
Frontline is an incredible show....I sure hope you (Miles) can live up to the challenge. I will be very disappointed if this turns into a CNN "world in peril" Anderson Cooper'esque docu-drama.

I would hope you would focus on the less glamorous topics of corporate (often crooked) bankruptcies and how they were used to get scope relief.

Also, hit upon regional airline whipsawing and the joke of a bureaucracy that is the FAA.

Finally, I would hope you would tie all of this back to the resulting low pay and complete lack of career stability that encourages/ensures a very high turnover (and resulting loss of cockpit experience).
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Frontline is an incredible show....I sure hope you (Miles) can live up to the challenge. I will be very disappointed if this turns into a CNN "world in peril" Anderson Cooper'esque docu-drama.

I would hope you would focus on the less glamorous topics of corporate (often crooked) bankruptcies and how they were used to get scope relief.

Also, hit upon regional airline whipsawing and the joke of a bureaucracy that is the FAA.

Finally, I would hope you would tie all of this back to the resulting low pay and complete lack of career stability that encourages/ensures a very high turnover (and resulting loss of cockpit experience).
Yeah, umm...keep smoking that hope dope.






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Old 09-17-2009, 04:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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We are looking for current/former regional pilots to talk with us on background on issues and concerns they have as it relates to safety. We are also looking for pilots with time in the Q400 - and we hopee - some access to a full mission sim. Please respond here or send an email to pilot/plane owner/reporter Miles O'Brien at miles@milesobrien.com.

You can tell him anything you want to and it will not be attributed to you if don't want it to be. How do you think the iraq war was hyped?

Anyone with a story to tell has nothing to lose by talking with him.
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FWIW, I know Miles and have flown with him. He is an okay-guy... no bullsh*t, no hidden agendae, not one for 'gotcha reporting'. He listens. He asks questions. It isn't about busting someone's b*lls or getting the big scoop. He isn't after THE QUOTE from some no-name to make a story like the crap in McPaper a few days ago about general aviation airports. He knows what he knows and isn't afraid to find out what he doesn't know.

I guess you can say Miles is old school and coming from an old aviator, that is about the best endorsement I can offer. YMMV...
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