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Capt. Piche - From Hero To Heel  
User currently offlineFlygirl From Canada, joined Jun 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

Two days ago Air Transat Captain Piche received a hero's welcome. Today in the paper they are slinging mud at him and dragging a skeleton out of his closet. Someone started a thread about how despicable the media can be especially to aviation. This is a fine example of the witch hunt they will embark on when someone hits their spotlight. As if this Captain isn't going through enough already.

Capt. Piche did the crime and served the time. I say leave him alone - he is still a hero in my eyes.

www.torontostar.com (follow link to story - the URL was too long)

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User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

I think that he should be congradulated for fine flying. WHat is he being critiscized for?

User currently offlineFlygirl From Canada, joined Jun 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

Here's the beginning of the article. Some day I'll learn how to insert a URL.



Hero Transat pilot has drug trafficking record
Capt. Robert Piche jailed 2 years in U.S. in 1980s, newspaper says
MONTREAL (CP) — The Air Transat pilot who glided a crippled jet to a safe landing off Portugal last week served nearly two years in U.S. prisons for drug trafficking, Montreal La Presse reported today.

The newspaper, citing a corrections spokesman
for the state of Georgia, said Robert Piche was
found guilty in Nov. 1983 of ``trafficking a
quantity of marijuana weighing between 101 and
200 pounds."

The rest of the story is at torontostar.com


User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

Well that confirms it the STAR is nothing more then a rag, no better then the British tabloids...This has nothing to do with the issue, or with the recent events in the Azores, and has no place in the media...


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineWestjet_8 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

Theres a lot of worse crimes that you could do in this world. Come on he just saved over two hundred lives landing a plane!


Canadian. RIP 1999
User currently offlineCALPilot From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 998 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

Monday morning quarterbacking is always easy, and I do not want to dis-respect these men, so lets just wait and see.

But I have one question how do lose all the fuel from three independent fuel tanks? It would take 3 leaks or some form of mismanagement, right? Anyway, lets see what comes from the investigation. It should be easy, and we might be surprised by the cause...


User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

1983. 18 years ago. Air Transat knew of his past, so he obviously wasn't trying to hide or deceive.

The guy paid his debt to society. What he did last Friday far outweighs his shortcomings of the past.

I give the guy EVEN more credit now for overcoming a personal setback in his life to courageously give back to society.


User currently offlineC172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

So he was trafficking it...what's the big deal. You have to find ways to pay for flight training these days, it's expensive. And at least he wasn't smoking it. Bloody media.

User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

the media is now also on the pilots back for not following procedure. Go figure.


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offline777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

Who really cares about trafficing pot i mean it's going to be legalised in many countries!

User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

If I had superpowers. id destroy the journalists and media who tries to get Nosy on ME when I do something heroic like what the AT Cap;n did.


Chance favors the prepared mind.
User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

It´s certainly right to say
-that´s a thing of the past
-it´s nothing to do with his apparently superior flying skills
-he probably saved 300 lives
-he made a mistake and paid his debts off
-it´s just them sensationalist media blowing up a story

BUT

I dislike the way some of you play down the seriousness of his offence. Especially if you look at the amount, he should have been locked away much longer. Those drug traffickers, and ESPECIALLY them, are scum, directly behind murderers and rapists on my scale of dislike.

Daniel Smile


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

Come on people, what would you do if you knew what he did before you got on a plane with him. I don't care if he could fly a lawnmower, because he did what he did he shouldn't be flying people around.


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User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

Thats very weird..Down herer in Aussie and New Zealand, you are not allowed to work for any airlines if you have a criminal record...Isn't that the same all over the world??
SHOCK, SHOCK, SHOCK!!!

Cheers
mikey


User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Thats very weird..Down here in Aussie and New Zealand, you are not allowed to work for any airlines (As a pilot or Flight Attendant) if you have a criminal record...Isn't that the same all over the world??
SHOCK, SHOCK, SHOCK!!!

Cheers
mikey


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