727forever From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 785 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4079 times:
It's kind of a shame because these old Convairs probably won't find new life. On the other hand, if Air Tahoma continued operating them they would end up destroyed. Having met the managment of this outfit I can only ask the FAA, really, what the hell took so long? They skies are a little safer tonight.
DashTrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1321 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 11): Just a reaction based on the colgan planes ive seen/been on, and him implying Tahoma was much worse.
Right after 9/11, I was hired over the phone to go to work at Air Tahoma. The guy on the other end seemed nice enough (turned out he is a good guy), I was hard up for flight time and money, and I thought time at a 121 Convair operator would look pretty damn good on a resume.
So I drive to LCK to start training. They put us up at an insect and God knows what else infested Budget Inn somewhere in the area. Complete dump. When we get to class, we're shown around, and while in the office there are people in there dealing with the FAA on the company's latest engine failure, and I was also told that I'd work in the office too. While being shown the hangar, I was informed I'd be expected to help out the mechanics as well. Seemed like an awful lot of extra side work for someone who was there to fly airplanes.
There were other factors that went to the decision, but I decided I was going to get killed or violated at the place and didn't return to class after lunch on day 3. I went to the roach motel, packed my shit, and drove home. I hate to admit this, but I had also just met a pretty hot girl and thought this job was going to get in the way of that. I'm still married to her. Worked out pretty well!
Good call on getting out of there! Tahoma used to fly to CRW from LCK for fedex. The planes looked about as good as i thought something that old could. I never knew their base operation was the way you described it.
I see your point about them now. I hear 9L keeps a clean office...but their aircraft need HELP.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3084 posts, RR: 12 Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3308 times:
It's about time.
I don't know anybody that's died on a Colgan aircraft. I know a couple that have died at Tahoma and heard more than enough horror stories from captains that were once freight dogging for them.
Some companies like Airnet have rough looking planes but take care of what needs to be taken care of (boxes don't care about pretty paint) Tahoma has a horrible safety record to match the rough aircraft.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4459 posts, RR: 22 Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3061 times:
Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 11): Just a reaction based on the colgan planes ive seen/been on
Being an uninformed passenger on an airplane does not make you an expert on aircraft maintenance or flight crew competence. I just don't understand why you'd say such an inflammatory and utterly baseless thing.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3084 posts, RR: 12 Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2930 times:
Quoting Lymanm (Reply 15): Colgan had a fatal accident (a repo flight) in HYA in 2003.
A fatal accident. There aren't too many 121 carriers that haven't had a fatal accident. Tahoma has had multiple fatal accidents and issues with the FAA.
IFL also has Convairs and they're in much better shape than anything I've ever seen from Air Tahoma. Point is they are just like Grand Aire. They don't take care of their equipment, and expect their pilots to violate regulations so they can be cheap. They shouldn't be flying, just like Grand Aire.