What this article doesn't say is that eclipse has moved production of the basic airframes overseas. While final assembly will be done in New Mexico for the time being, the company has indicated production could be moved closer to the eventual markets (read that China & India). Another mfg moving out!
I love these political decisions. Politicians need to be held accountable and LIABLE for there decisions. If you get into a car above the legal limit and kill someone, you will be charged with manslaughter. 9 times out of ten, if nothing happens and the drunk is inclined to try it again. But when some one is killed by these types of decisions, they'll look for all kinds of scape goats, but never go after the idiots who ignored the possiblities and caused the problem. I'd like to see a law firm take names and go after the decision makers for any liability that occurs. These bad call are made time and time again, with roads, pipelines, powerplants etc. We need to hold the politicians pesonally liable for their actions.
I'd like to know the rest of the story. Who did this guy think he was talking to? Sounds like it was meant to be a private conversation. A Stuck mike is usually a maintenance issue. Tying up the frequency is the offense here, and that should be what's followed up on. And it is a serious issue.
The problem is you don't realize you have a stuck mike until after it sticks.
As a old ,fat pilot, this young pilot's time will come soon enough. This converstaion can be heard in most bars and resturants accross the nation on a nightly baisis. Sorry it went public.
Ironic it's Southwest, who's flight attendants often do a smartaleck shtick not always appreciated.
Back in 2005, I was involved with a stuck mike between pilot and co-pilot of a light twin involving a vivid descripttion of the pilot releaving himself in a coke can!
Got yelled at for blocking the frequency, but no union complaints. Fixed the mike before the next leg of the trip. (and got a fresh can)