June 19, 2010
More than three decades after Air America's cover as the CIA's aviation wing in Southeast Asia was blown, former employees are telling more stories about the highs and lows of secret missions in dangerous places. By Jay Price, Raleigh News & Observer Arthur Cheek flew harrowing missions all over Vietnam, rescuing downed pilots, dropping off supplies and ferrying people to secret jobs in dangerous places. That wouldn't be odd except for one thing: Cheek, of Weaverville, N.C., was a civilian flying for a civilian company on missions that, in some cases, he still can't, or won't, talk about.
December 2, 2003
I am disappointed in Thomas Curwen's "Where Wings Meet the Wild" (Nov. 18). My husband, an experienced bush pilot for Arctic Circle Air and a non-drinker, was not in the story. Arctic Circle's reputation was tarnished. [Many] Alaskan bush pilots are ... respected family men. Janet Gray Bethel, Alaska
June 9, 2001 |
Delta Air Lines Inc.'s Comair commuter carrier and the union representing 1,400 striking pilots agreed to start 72 hours of talks Tuesday aimed at ending a walkout that began March 26. The agreement to hold the first talks since the union rejected a contract proposal May 12 came after the two sides met with Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. The members of the Air Line Pilots Assn. are striking over pay, benefits and work rules.
July 3, 2008 |
China Eastern Airlines Corp., the Asian nation's third-largest carrier, canceled the licenses of some of the 13 pilots who aborted flights in southwestern Yunnan province earlier this year to protest work conditions. Some pilots were demoted and others' licenses were suspended, China Eastern said. Eight company officials also were punished for mismanagement because of the incidents, the statement said. A total of 21 flights from Yunnan returned to their departing airports March 31 and April 1 without flying to their destinations, affecting more than 1,000 passengers.
September 16, 2001 |
With terrorists now using aircraft as weapons, a union representing commercial airline pilots is advising its members to act aggressively when confronted by hijackers. Pilots have been taught in annual training sessions to cooperate with hijackers. But that was before Tuesday's terrorist attacks. "We've been guarding against the traditional hijacker who wanted the aircraft on the ground and his monetary or political demands met," said David Richards, a US Airways pilot from Charlotte, N.C.
January 16, 1997 |
American Airlines and its pilots passed up a chance Wednesday to have their contract dispute settled by an arbitrator, putting the nation's No. 2 carrier 30 days away from a possible strike. If no settlement is reached during the so-called cooling-off period, the pilots would be allowed to strike Feb. 15 and American would be free to impose the contract it wants. American's parent company, AMR Corp.
June 15, 2001 |
Delta Air Lines Inc.'s Comair and its 1,350 striking pilots reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday after three days of negotiations with federal mediators, company and union officials said. Details of the agreement were not released, but pilots have demanded pay and benefits more in line with packages offered by bigger airlines. The accord was facilitated by Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. Cincinnati-based Comair has lost more than $200 million during the 12-week strike.
September 30, 2013 |
Although American Airlines' parent company is still in bankruptcy and a merger with US Airways is on hold, the Fort Worth-based airline is moving forward with plans to grow. American Airlines announced Monday that it plans to recruit and hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years, with the job openings to be posted Oct. 1. The new pilots are in addition to the 1,500 new flight attendants and 1,200 agents the airline has begun to recruit this year. (Interested candidates are encouraged to visit aacareers.com .)
August 20, 2000
After all the airline safety problems we've seen in the past year, it should be apparent that any wrath with pilots and ground crew is misdirected ["United Forced to Scratch More Flights," Aug. 9] Rather, the consumer public should be in horror that airline management regularly schedules flights that require crews who have already worked a full shift to continue working into the bleary hours of overtime--with our lives depending on them. United: Hire some damn pilots. KEN BURKETT Westwood