Same Pilot, New Information, Fired
A New Zealand airline pilot has lost a round in court in his effort to return to the cockpit after his employer of 16 years fired him. According to the pilot, the airline unfairly used incidents in his private life to get rid of him. The airline said that even though the Civil Aviation Authority found the man fit to be a pilot, that doesn't mean the airline can't decide he's not fit to be an employee. The trouble began after the pilot was charged in two cases of assault against men his estranged wife had been seeing, and was cited for three off-duty flights he took in his private aircraft without an airworthiness certificate. The pilot said the airline didn't even know about these events for five years, and they had no effect on his performance in his job. The pilot's lawyer said they will appeal.