November 26, 2015

Pause to give thanks to transportation employees

Give Thanks

It’s that time of year again. Americans across the country will get ready for the time-honored tradition of gathering with family and friends to give thanks. But first, they will agonize – possibly panic – over how to get where they’re going on the busiest travel day of the year. The latter isn’t exactly how [...]

Great Lakes plans flight changes


PRESCOTT, Ariz. – The Denver flight connection that made a brief return to the Prescott Airport this past summer will go away again, effective Dec. 2. Great Lakes Airlines plans to eliminate its connection between Prescott and Denver next month, and replace it with a twice-weekly flight to Phoenix, according to Station Manager Kathy DeFreitas. [...]

New incentive program for Great Lakes Airline pilots


Following discussions with Transportation Division representatives of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers union (SMART TD), Great Lakes Airlines has agreed to implement a Captain Incentive Plan (CIP); an annual calendar year program which pays a cash incentive to eligible pilots each calendar quarter. Intended to retain existing captain qualified pilots and provide [...]

Great Lakes asks FAA for more plane seats


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Passengers who fly Great Lakes Airlines could see a big change if the Federal Aviation Administration approves a request from the Cheyenne-based regional carrier. Officials at Great Lakes Airlines want all 19 passenger seats aboard their Beechcraft 1900D turboprops available for use. Only nine passenger seats are available on each aircraft now. [...]

Great Lakes to offer flights between Pueblo and Denver


Great Lakes Airlines will begin six-day-a-week air service between Pueblo and Denver International Airport on Sunday. The airline will operate single flights Sunday through Friday using a twin-turboprop, 30-passenger Embraer 120 airplane with a flight attendant. The service will not operate on Saturdays, Pueblo airport officials said. Read more from The Pueblo Chieftan.

Transportation sector gains 3,500 jobs in September

The transportation sector gained 3,500 jobs in September as the national unemployment remained steady at 5.1 percent, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said there were 4,797,800 jobs in transportation in September, compared to 4,794,300 in August.   Read more from The Hill. [...]

Treasurers’ workshop scheduled for Oct. 27-28


The SMART Transportation Division will be conducting a Treasurers’ Workshop at the Drury Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport on October 27 and 28, 2015. Attendance will be limited to 35 registrants, so those interested in attending are instructed to contact Dora Wolf in the Updating Department by calling (216) 228-9400, or by email at [...]

Previsich discusses candidacy with Sen. Sanders


SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich recently conversed with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.) about Sanders’ democratic candidacy for President of the United States and the positive impact that the voice of unionized labor can have on the outcome of the race. Sanders is well known for his record of voting for policies [...]

House approves six-month FAA funding extension


The House approved a bill on Monday to extend federal aviation funding, which is currently set to expire on Wednesday, until March 2016.  The measure, introduced on Friday by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R – Pa.), was approved by the lower chamber on a voice vote Monday afternoon in an effort [...]

Great Lakes Airlines defaults on loan


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Great Lakes Aviation has defaulted on a $27.5 million loan with Callidus Capital Corp., according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of the default, the lending company has the right to “take possession of substantially all” of Great Lakes’ assets, an SEC document dated Aug. [...]