Allegiant was just subjected to a higher-than-normal amount of review, triggered by the mere existence of labor issues, a normal FAA practice. The FAA found nothing that they acted upon. I think that settles the argument.
And I think that after decades of this crap, people actually resent it when so-called professionals try to scare them for their own selfish ends.
What is scary is the unboundaried, babyish conduct of union members in all transportation modes when they don't get what they want. On the one hand, they laud themselves as professionals, but then some of them drink too much Kool-Aid and then behave like thugs and gangsters.
Maybe the FAA should quadruple the number of check rides. And not the ones done by "inspectors" who don't know the particular aircraft, but ones as demanding as the company itself perfroms on its pilots. That might be fun.
That said, it does concern me that G4
's Mad Dog cockpits apparently are a mish-mash of various systems from different manufacturers, of vastly-different eras, of vastly-different capabilities, if I understand their policies. Some of that may be unavoidable, but it does create a human-factors issue of unknown significance. And it also means that one aircraft is going to have a vastly-less-capable weather radar than another, for example. Would it be "more safe" to standardize on, say, the most capable radar as the aircraft are being inducted to the Certificate? Arguably yes.