Well that is my opinion of the situation.
I am convinced that the FAA has walking orders to kill off as many small operators as possible and this case only confirms to me that is the case.
Jim Air a 30 year operator in the State of Alaska is surrendering their certificate to the FAA. For those of you not familiar with them, they are a float plane operator out of Lake Hood. A few years ago when Fox ran that TV show where they flew a bunch of fluzie women up here to meet and marry Alaskan men they where the air carrier that the show used and several of their planes where used in it.
Fast forwared today-the buisness in no-more. The FAA had yanked the owners pilot license and inorder to avoid the exhorbinate fines and costs that a goverment funded witch-hunt would bring.
The reason, for the first time in over 30 years of Alaska flying Jim Bern the owner of Jim Air cracked up an airplane last August. He was flying Portage pass, found the weather wasn't what was expected and attempted to reverse course and head home. He unfortunately ended up on the side of a mountain instead. There where some minor injuries, and the crash didn't even make the local news up here.
But the FAA has decreed that because he is the owner of the company that the penalty must be harsher and are pulling his ticket. The Regional Council has decreed his actions intolerable and thus a long time alaska carrier is shuttering and it's employees are out looking for work.
I for one find the regional councils comments on the TV tonight intolerable and feel that he is taking this hard stand to only futher his own career. It disgusts me that the FAA is destroying the lives of several people in the near term over a non-fatal accient, the first accident in a mans career.
I tell you, when the wrote out the part about promoting aviation from the FAA charter that was one of the black days in history.
These people can not be considered our freinds, and I wish the best for the pilots, mechanics and other personel of Jim Air that where put out of work over something that didn't even make the nightly news.