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Flying Cheaper: PBS Frontline Special To Air Tue  
User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4287 posts, RR: 6
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3550 times:

Just found out about a new PBS special airing this week. This is not the same one that focused on the regional airlines, but this follow up to that special is going to focus on the growing trend of outsourcing aircraft maintenance to third parties.

Here is a link to the preview. This sounds like it should be a good watch.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/flying-cheaper/

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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3449 times:

It's a race to bottom with cost...that's a fact...it's gotta be that way...
I just hope senseless legislation does not get passed in response to this...



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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3127 times:

Is it available online too tomorrow?


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User currently offlinefairwarning From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3039 times:

Yes- it will be available online too. It's the same crew (at PBS) that put together the first one. It looks pretty good. Frontline has a new format that's similar to 60 Min. They won't do the full hour on one topic anymore.

User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4287 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2676 times:

I was wondering if anyone else watched this special. It seemed very well done. I have issues with the United manager promising in front of everyone that he would show the overseas facilities to Miles O'Brien, and then the overseas facility reneged right before it was supposed to happen.

There are times I wish Mary Schiavo was running the FAA.


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3788 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

Missed it, will have to catch it online or when it re-airs.

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 1):
I just hope senseless legislation does not get passed in response to this...

Agreed. I can't wait for the government's kneejerk reaction to this production group's "quest for ratings" expose.



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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13141 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

The issue of mx of USA based airlines to low wage countries does present a number of serious issues. From the lack of on-site regulation and inspections, to the possibilities of corruption of inspectors, the possible use of illegal or bootleg parts to hold down costs, the quality of some of the workers and their working conditions and pay all present as well as taking away top paying jobs in the USA, the western EC countries and Japan. I also wonder if the exporting-outsourcing of mx to certain locations presents substantial liability risks that the airlines or their insurers may not want.

There should be strict and enforceable international standards for all mx, no matter where it is done.


User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4287 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 5):

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 1):
I just hope senseless legislation does not get passed in response to this...

Agreed. I can't wait for the government's kneejerk reaction to this production group's "quest for ratings" expose.

Additional legislation is not needed, what is needed is stricter enforcement of the regs already on the book, which is what is lacking at the moment.

And I don't think this production group is on a "quest for ratings". This was aired on PBS, and PBS is financed by its viewers, not by advertisers who are the ones that care more about ratings.


User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

Quoting apodino (Reply 7):
And I don't think this production group is on a "quest for ratings". This was aired on PBS, and PBS is financed by its viewers, not by advertisers who are the ones that care more about ratings.

It lacked substance

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 6):
The issue of mx of USA based airlines to low wage countries does present a number of serious issues. From the lack of on-site regulation and inspections, to the possibilities of corruption of inspectors, the possible use of illegal or bootleg parts to hold down costs, the quality of some of the workers and their working conditions and pay all present as well as taking away top paying jobs in the USA, the western EC countries and Japan. I also wonder if the exporting-outsourcing of mx to certain locations presents substantial liability risks that the airlines or their insurers may not want.

So somehow because it's done off shore it's inferior? There are many world-class mx facilities offshore...

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 6):
There should be strict and enforceable international standards for all mx, no matter where it is done.

That's quite reasonable....



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User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3123 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2312 times:

Quoting apodino (Thread starter):
the growing trend of outsourcing aircraft maintenance to third parties.

There was a thread on this a few days ago with the same PBS link that I saved for myself. The thread then disappeared.


User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4287 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

Quoting KarlB737 (Reply 9):

There was a thread on this a few days ago with the same PBS link that I saved for myself. The thread then disappeared.

It was probably deleted for being a duplicate of this thread. Thats why I bumped this thread again.


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