While a large proportion of the population flies on a commercial airline each year, little has been said about modern cost-cutting practices in the airline industry – practices which affect passenger safety every day. The fact that aviation safety has become taken for granted – the last major crash with fatalities in the USA was in 2009 – is encouraging profit-driven airlines to review and scale back past safety practices. Few pilots or mechanics are willing to broach the subject for fear of employer reprisals and damage to their career.
Alan Eugeni became an airline pilot late in life, following a long corporate and entrepreneurial career. While realizing his childhood dream of flying passenger jets, he came face to face with the unseen reality of modern commercial aviation in North America in the 21st century: Large carriers subcontracting commercial flights to the lowest bidder and the relentless race for padding profits at any cost – including safety – while corporate profits at the major airlines reach record levels.
The book follows the author on his journey fresh out of flight school and into his daily trials and tribulations – starting at a small carrier and culminating at a regional jet carrier operating for one of North America’s premier airlines.
Each day, he sees new frightening practices, including airplanes operating with broken essential equipment, the use of cheap repair parts that continually fail in flight, flying without proper navigation charts, operations managers deliberately asking pilots to break safety rules, incomplete pilot training...all in order to reduce costs and increase profits. And those pilots that do object and refuse to fly noncompliant aircraft are reprimanded and demoted.
Following an incident on a routine flight that could have cost the lives of all 50 passengers and his crew due to poor maintenance, the author decided to speak out. He recounts how air travel became so safe in the 20th century and how those gains are slowly being eroded by the so-called “regionals” who will do almost anything to cut costs - regardless of passenger safety and federal aviation regulations.
Format: 6"x 9" high quality soft cover, 150 pages, with charts, tables and photographs.
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