Posts tagged 'airline maintenance'

FAA boosts pilot training

Posted: Nov. 6, 2013 | Tags: airline maintenance

The Federal Aviation Administration passed new rules on Nov. 5 that will boost the training of pilots. The move was a direct response to the 2009 crash of Flight 3407 that killed 50 people as pilots were approaching for a landing in Buffalo, N.Y.

The families of the Flight 3407 victims issued a joint statement praising the new rules and saying that they will "take pilot training into the 21st century after nearly 15 years of fits and starts." 

The Investigative Reporting Workshop co-produced a documentary called "Flying Cheap" with PBS FRONTLINE that traced economic pressures and safety lapses ...

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Who will fix your planes?

Posted: Feb. 2, 2012 | Tags: airline maintenance

American Airlines’ parent company, AMR Corp., yesterday outlined its plan to cut about 13,000 jobs — or 16 percent of its workforce — as part of a restructuring plan following its November bankruptcy filing. The company says it wants to reduce employee costs by 20 percent.

The cuts will affect all types of employees, from pilots to flight attendants. A key sector that’s set to lose about 4,600 jobs is maintenance — the people who fix your planes. One facility at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth will be shut down entirely, leaving 1,200 mechanics out of work.

Until the ...

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Producer nominated for Flying Cheaper

Posted: Dec. 16, 2011 | Tags: airline maintenance

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Photo by Jeff Watts, AU

Young gets second nomination.

Rick Young, PBS FRONTLINE and Investigative Reporting Workshop producer, was nominated for a 2012 Writers Guild award today for Flying Cheaper, which aired earlier this year.

The program was a follow-up to last year’s Flying Cheap, a one-hour co-production of the Workshop and FRONTLINE, for which Young received a 2011 Writers’ Guild award in the documentary category.

In Flying Cheaper, we examined the growth of contract maintenance in the airline industry, as carriers outsource more of their work.

The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America ...

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FOIA case study: Similar requests produce different responses

Posted: March 24, 2011 | Tags: airline maintenance

Seldom is there such a moment of informational bliss in journalist’s job as when a thick, government envelope arrives packed with the results from a long-awaited Freedom of Information Act request.

And rarely is there a more frustrating letdown than a thin FOIA rejection envelope that leaves you utterly perplexed.

I vividly recall the latter such emotion last May when a thin letter arrived from the Federal Aviation Administration. We were producing a FRONTLINE documentary called Flying Cheaper about where the major airlines such as Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines take their planes to be maintained ...

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PBS Frontline/Workshop collaborate on groundbreaking journalism

Posted: June 16, 2010 | Tags: airline maintenance, Charles Lewis, Flying Cheap, Frontline, PBS

This is probably one of the most challenging and exciting times in the recent history of journalism.

While news organizations continue to struggle to find a sustainable business model, new investigative journalism organizations are popping up all over the country, creating some of the most interesting and groundbreaking journalism.

Our parnterhsip with PBS Frontline produced the documentary "Flying Cheap," which premiered in February and was recently re-broadcast. The investigation looks at a growing trend in the airline industry: major airlines using regional airlines to help keep fares low, but failing to oversee regional airlines' safety, maintenance and training.

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PBS Frontline re-airing "Flying Cheap" documentary

Posted: May 24, 2010 | Tags: airline maintenance, Flying Cheap, Frontline, PBS

The debut Workshop/PBS FRONTLINE investigative documentary "Flying Cheap" is re-airing nationwide on PBS 9 p.m. tonight (check your local listings).

One of the highest rated shows of the season, "Flying Cheap" received kudos from media critics across the country.

We definitely struck a chord with "Flying Cheap" and are now working on a follow-up special that will probe the section of the industry that works on the planes before they take off - airline maintenance - and in particular, the trend toward outsourcing both domestically and abroad.

In our effort to educate ourselves about the many changes in the airline ...

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