Ok now seriously...
If Senator Durbin DID lobby to shut-down the airline then that gets into some very hairy areas.
As someone who's worked for many airlines and has many FAA regulations branded in my brain, EVERY airline has broken rules and has not been caught OR
has broken little rules that were punished inadequately.
Long story short on the RegionsAir fiasco: (A very short "rough" story)
In 1996, per SOP and FAA manuals, RegionsAir Check Airman were supposed to go under emergency attitude training in the simulator. Somewhere along the line the airline/FAA/instructors left this out of the training. Many years have gone by and no one ever noticed (neither the FAA, Management, or FlightSafety). Someone last year magically "stumbled" upon this rule and pointed a finger and said to Regions "You are wrong!" and shut them down for one week. This caused many heads to roll and people began snooping at Regions HQ
. Some more issues came up (not sure what) when people began reading with a magnifying glass, found some more small things, and shut em down for 180 days
RegionsAir as Corporate Airlines was a great company. Family atmosphere, decent pay per industry average for 19 seaters, and a quick upgrade time. When new management came in the company went to crap. Took on a Mesa attitude of "Lets see how little we can pay our people and how management can make the most." (No offense Mesa people, I was in the boat myself a few years ago). Sad what crappy management can do to a good regional in a years time.