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The Editor believes there are too many hidden political axes grinding in much of the media today on the subject of airline safety. Every writer has his bias, but few are willing to state up front what that bias is. It is very important for the reader to understand the bias of the writer. Policy recommendations are too often governed by such bias instead of being governed by rational conclusions flowing from a dispassionate analysis of all available facts.

Therefore, the Editor of this web site states up front that his bias is oriented along free-market lines. He believes in free and open discussion on the issues and that Government regulation and coercion usually makes things worse, not better. The long history of incompetence and bureaucratic bungling of the FAA, in regards to its supposed mission to guarantee our safety, is an ongoing case in point.

With that free-market bias in mind, the reader can more accurately judge whether Editorials on this page tend to make conclusions which are in rational harmony with the facts, or if they only flow from that bias, regardless of the facts.

Quotations, relating to the subject of international terrorism, which quite obviously, is directly related to the subject of Airline Safety.

If America is ever to triumph in its war against Islamic terrorism, we must get past the idea that we are its root cause. Specifically, we must get past the idea that a suicide bomber is just a peace-loving Muslim who, if we hadnít set him off, would be growing figs and building sandcastles. Strapping explosives to your torso, marching yourself into a crowded marketplace and blowing yourself up in order to slaughter as many civilians, including women and children, as you can is a profoundly demented act, an act which undoes a dozen or so millennia in the moral evolution of the human species.

Such an act is not triggered by Americaís sociopolitical landscape or by its foreign policy. Rather, it is nurtured by an intellectually degenerate culture, sponsored by sleazy kleptocratic regimes and authorized by a once-honorable religious tradition perverted to serve the pipedreams of an apocalyptic death cult.

Itís Muslim civilization, not America, that must change in order for Islamic terrorism to cease.  Mark Goldblatt

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It's the Labor Costs, Stupid!

The Legacy Airlines have lost $33 Billon, since the beginning of 2001

The Summer From Hell, reveals how Frederick Dubinsky was directly responsible for the beginning of the end, at United Airlines. 

Of all the 25,000 canceled flights, of all the customers stranded by United Airlines' summer of delays and disservice three years ago, Gerry Nendick remembers the weeping woman trying to make a funeral.

The passenger's sister had died in a traffic accident. She was desperate to get to the service in Pennsylvania. But her United flight out of O'Hare International Airport had been delayed once--a mechanical problem, the pilot had said. Now it looked like the replacement plane might be canceled too.

Tears streamed down the woman's face as she appealed to Nendick, a United customer service rep who had spent two decades trying to solve passengers' problems.

Hoping to plead the woman's case, Nendick poked her head into the cockpit. The captain turned around and asked, "Who's going to kiss me first? This flight is canceled."

Fixing the smug pilot with a glare, she sputtered, "You go out and tell the woman who is going to miss her sister's funeral how happy you are."

Dubinsky promised hard-nosed tactics. Goodwin recalls that Dubinsky in one meeting repeated his oft-stated philosophy of negotiations. "We don't want to kill the golden goose,'' he said. "We just want to choke it by the neck until it gives us every last egg." With United "awash in cash," in Dubinsky's words, he figured the goose had plenty of eggs to spare.

If the pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and other employees at United want to know why they may lose part or all of their pensions, medical care, and even their jobs, then read that Chicago Tribune article, and the other linked articles in that series on the decline of UAL. 

Frederick Dubinsky was the top culprit. He and his fellow ALPA union bosses are the reason why so many of United's loyal customers began abandoning that airline in droves, never to return. Of course, the greedy and gullible pilots, who followed him like mesmerized acolytes, deserve some blame too. They should have realized that the Hall/Dubinsky plan was sheer economic idiocy. But, even if they were unable to comprehend the basic fundamentals of economic reality, they should have displayed some realization of how incredibly immoral their tactics and demands really were.

As long as anyone is willing to accept the idea that wealth and abundance can be produced, just by union "solidarity" forcing the employer to capitulate to every irrational demand of the union bosses----without any regard to the realities in the Free Market Place----then union jobs will continue to go the way of the Dodo Bird.  Loyalty to one's peer group is a poor substitute for understanding the basic laws and fundamental facts of economics. 

   Dubinsky Devastation

October 09, 2005: "Over the past 10 years airfares have fallen across the board while wages in the industry have continued to rise, in part because of workers' ability to bring an airline to a halt."  That says it all, in a nutshell, as to why Legacy Airlines are fast going down that bone yard road leading to the dinosaur tar pits.  To survive in this highly competitive world, British Airways unions will have to bite the bullet and stop resisting attempts to increase the productivity of all airline employees.  
    The new CEO, Willie Walsh, was surrounded on all sides by powerful unions, when he saved "Aer Lingus, the Irish state-owned airline, by cutting fares, overheads and jobs."  And, he managed to do that while convincing the Aer Lingus workforce to support his decisions.  It now remains to be seen if the unions at BA will be as rational as those at Aer Lingus.  I am not holding my breath, but I would love to have my skepticism proved unjustified.  If they support the proven Walsh strategies, the airline will return to profitability and jobs will be preserved and even expanded in the long run.  It only requires that union bosses quit trying to stir up rank-n-file hate, by constantly demonizing management.  

April, 2005:  Growth has accelerated rapidly over the past five years, at Non-Union Skywest Airlines.  "In 2000, SkyWest operated just 16 CRJs, according to Raymond James & Assoc. At the end of 2004, it was up to 137 CRJs (125 CRJ200s and 12 CRJ700s), including 28 added last year of which 24 were new and four were purchased from Independence Air. It will take a further 20 CRJ700s this year, a move that will require hiring 200 more pilots. Sixty-nine Brasilia turboprops round out the fleet."

The carrier also enjoys "the strongest balance sheet in the Regional airline industry," according to RJ&A. Its long-term debt to capitalization ratio was 61% at Sept. 30, 2004, compared to an industry average of 92% among its peers. Long-term debt totaled $463.2 million at year end and it was sitting on a cash hoard of $550 million. 

September 07, 2005:  Jetblue traffic rose by 29.8 percent in August.  RPMs (revenue passenger miles) rose to 1.98 billion, compared to 1.5 billion in August of 2004. Capacity rose 28.7 percent to 2.21 billion Asks (available seat miles) from 1.71 billion.  Load factor, was up too:  90.1 %, compared to 89.3 %, in August, 2004.  For the first 8 months of this year, JB's traffic has grown by 30.8 %, to 13.52 billion RPMs.  Capacity rose 25.1 percent to 15.39 Asks.  Load factor, to 87.9 % from 84.1 %.  This all provides a stark contrast to what is going on at the Legacy Airlines, which still have so many union millstones hanging about their necks.  

Please note:  Jetblue is a non-union airline.  See The Amazing Jet Blue.

Since the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act (ADA) was passed, prices for airline travel have declined considerably.  What was formerly a highly regulated oligopoly, operated primarily for the benefit of  Legacy Airline Unions, turned into a highly competitive Free-Market boom, which now operates for the benefit of consumers who prefer to travel by air. A much larger segment of the traveling public, can now afford to fly, thanks to the politicians in Washington who finally did something right, when they passed that historic ADA. 

Customers no longer have to pay the high prices formerly charged by the Legacy Airlines, and their high-commissioned travel agents.  The ADA led to new low cost airlines starting up, to many new routes and a lot more new airplanes, pilots and mechanics --- all while prices for the passenger tickets continued to decline. Passengers can now find the most competitive fares through free market companies that continually comb through the latest fares offered by multiple airlines to destinations, worldwide.  The choices in air fares continue to expand, while prices remain highly competitive. All while the safety of airline travel continues to improve year-by-year, in the first-world areas of the globe -- not withstanding the gloom-n-doom predictions of anti-Deregulation aviation authors, such as John J. Nance.  The stats from the NTSB prove how wrong "experts" like Nance really were, when they railed against the ADA, allegedly because (they predicted) airline safety would be compromised.  But, Nance and others like him were dead wrong.  All the long-term airline safety stats since the ADA was passed, prove them wrong, time and again. 

History has long since revealed that the regulation of the airlines by the CAB, had nothing at all to do with safety.  But, it had everything to do with enabling airline labor unions to gouge the hell out of the traveling public, as long as that political regulation lasted. Prior to the ADA, airline unions were able to do to the traveling public, what so many Public Employee Unions are now doing to American taxpayers:  Charging more and more, for less and less.

Airline regulation is a conspiracy in which the government holds the passenger down while management and unions pick his pockets. 

Quoted in The Airline Pilot magazine (monthly ALPA union propaganda organ), November, 1987, page 5.

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Quick Links

The Ditching of Pan Am Flight 6:  How the superb skill and judgment of Captain Ogg, saved all on board.

Kamikaze Airline Unions: Dropping bombs on their own ships.

The Irrelevancy of ALPA in the 21st Century:  Guest Editorial by Captain Brian Wilson

Helios 737 Crash in Greece: Additional discussion on that crash, by one of our military readers.

A Dead Goose Can't Tell the Difference:  How the arrogance and greed of ALPA Union Boss Rick Dubinsky, destroyed jobs and pensions at United Airlines.

The Alleged FAA Safety Factor: Are we really safer, because of the existence of that Incompetent Bureaucracy?

The Chuck Sisto Affair:  Defending dangerous pilots.

JetBlue emergency landing:  LAX 050921. Captain Scott Burke saves the day.

B-777 loses vital air data information in Australia What happened and why?

The 737 Crash in Greece: Demonstrates the importance of Supplemental Oxygen Regulations, and why all pilots should comply with them at all times.

Captain Tom Bunn: He provides therapy for Fearful Flyers, to alleviate their anxiety----or does he?

What the Media Should Know about Accident Reporting: Best to avoid speculation

Are Cell Phones a Threat to Airliner Navigation?  Can they cause planes to crash?

Crew Psychology: Cockpit Vs Cabin Crews. The need for Integrated CRM training.

Pilots and Memories: A fallible human system.

Why Routine Flights End in Disaster.

Barriers to Effective Cockpit Communication.

Monovision Contact Lens and the Crash of Delta 554

Human Error Vs Terrorism.

CRM: The Instructor's View.

Runway Incursions:  Where are We?

The Crash of AMR 587:  Accident or Terrorism?

Terror in The Skies:  The Kamikaze Attacks Upon the United States. What our response should be to unmitigated evil.

The New MD-10 model:  Should pilots be dual qualified with the MD-11?

Pilot Fatigue:  How it affects performance and safety.

More on Fear of Flying:  How one reader conquered that demon.

Rushing to Die: The Crash of Singapore Airlines 006: How could the captain have made such an egregious error?

Fear of Flying: Is it rational?  Is there help?

737  Rudder  Design: What is the  status of the re-design and fix?

Heart over Mind: The Death of JFK, Jr.  The pilot’s task, no less than everyone else’s, is to grasp reality, not to invent it...
Why Do Airlines Use "Recirculated" Air? Will it make me sick?

Deregulation & The 1983 Continental Strike: Was Airline Safety Harmed by Deregulation?

Alaska Air 261 crash: What is a stabilizer? Are there previous crashes caused by stabilizer malfunctions?

The Government Spiral:  All too many people, who otherwise understand the virtues of a free market, become committed socialists when they reserve an airline seat.

How Safe is the MD-11Read its accident, incident and AD history.

Passenger Initiated Evacuations: Should passengers wait for crew instructions after an emergency landing?

Swissair Flight 111: How dangerous are in-flight fires? How often do they happen?

Extortion Assumptions of the AMR Pilots. They could care less how they injure their customers.

Airline Deregulation: How ax-grinding authors like  John Nance and others distort the facts of history.
Unheeded Warning:  The problem with inflight-icing on some turboprop airliners, which have inadequate design.

Flight SimulatorsWhat effect do they have on commercial  aviation?

Union Protection and Airline Safety:  How ALPA contracts have provided a negative incentive for airline safety.

Inherent Biases & Unions: Is there any valid data to show a correlation between airline safety and union membership?

CRM: The Missing Link:
Should the decisions of an airline captain ever be overruled by the F/O?

ATC Cover-Up:  Why is it not a crime for FAA personnel to block a safety investigation that would reveal their own wrong doing?

Schuller Power:  Rev. Robert Schuller's alleged assault on a United Airlines flight attendant, has highlighted a growing problem in the airline industry.



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