Trying To Replace Birds Who Flew The Nest
Worker issues halt SkyTaxi Service In Pacific-Northwest
Salem (OR)-based SkyTaxi has suspended its charter-style flights
for at least two weeks because two key managers left the
The airline’s two flight operations managers left the
company within one week of each other, according to Chief Executive
Officer Dan Waldron. Without those positions filled, the FAA won't
allow the company to fly passengers, Waldron said.
Flight operations managers oversee all aspects of the flights,
Waldron said, including safety issues and compliance with FAA
“These guys carry the weight of the world on their
shoulders,” Waldron said. “They are highly specialized
people and are not easily found. They are not floating on a street
Why did they take off? For “strictly life
circumstances,” Waldron said. He told local reporters the
issues had nothing to do with their job performance or their
“Both had things come up in their life that they had to
make a priority,” he said. He wouldn't elaborate.
Waldron said the company has identified one replacement already
and should have that person ready to work in about one week. But
the FAA says it takes two to taxi. Waldron said a search is
underway for the second one.
Canceling flights for two weeks will likely cost the company
$80,000 to $100,000 in revenue. Waldron said some of
SkyTaxi’s employees may be temporarily laid off until flights
resume. The company has 21 workers, and 26 in a sister company that
provides aircraft maintenance.
SkyTaxi offers a a cross between air charter and scheduled
passenger flights. They're aimed at smaller areas of the Northwest
where airlines are loathe to go. Prices are typically more than a
large airline would charge but one-half or one-third of a full
The company operates in an area from the San Francisco Bay Area
(CA) north to the Canadian border, and east to Salt Lake City (UT).
The company hopes to resume flights Oct. 20.