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November 1, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
A commanding performance elevates a film, but it can expose it as well, underlining that the surrounding material is not up to the standard it sets. That's the case with "Flight," a solid, often engrossing film that doesn't engage us overall the way Denzel Washington's work does. Unquestionably one of America's best actors, Washington has increasingly relished playing morally ambivalent characters, and in this film, "Forrest Gump" director Robert Zemeckis' first live-action effort in a dozen years, he gets to play one of the most intriguing, Whip Whitaker.
July 10, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Under political pressure to act in the wake of the San Francisco jet crash, federal authorities announced Wednesday they will enact new aviation safety rules, including a requirement for increased training of U.S. pilots. While the new rules would apply only to pilots on U.S. passenger and cargo airlines, a group of lawmakers sought to use Saturday's crash-landing of a South Korean jetliner to call attention to aviation safety and put pressure on the FAA to complete work on rules that grew out of a 2009 plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y. "Flying in America has never been safer, but the tragic crash of Asiana Flight 214 is an urgent reminder that we must still constantly look for ways to make it even safer,” Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington state, top Democrat on the House aviation subcommittee, said in praising the FAA announcement.  The new rule, which becomes effective by early next week, would require first officers who fly U.S. passenger and cargo planes to have 1,500 hours of flight time - the same as captains - rather than 250 hours.
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 | Bloomberg News
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 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Reuters
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.
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
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