Not to make this a Colgan crash rehash, but the FO killed them when she put the flaps up. The captain got them in a very bad situation, but she made an extremely fatal mistake.
As far as staffing at Atlas, it does appear to be sufficient on a day-to-day basis, but the scheduling department is felling extremely stretched thin with the current staffing. There are multiple meltdowns in scheduling each week. It has gotten to the point where they are now telling pilots that management knows there’s a problem but refuses to address it.
Thanks, Whip. I hadn't looked back, and was relying on my recollection that by the time of the flaps up it was unrecoverable. I appreciate the correction.
I know things are extremely-tight at Atlas; I suspect that it won't be until they start cancelling significant numbers of flights that they will acknowledge the tightness, and maybe they're crossing their fingers that their (slow) hiring is gonna be sufficient. Atlas is still an attractive career option to many people; qualifications are the obvious question. To the beancounters, of course, until flights are cancelled this is in some sense optimal: wages/benefits/opportunities are just-barely-enough to produce just-enough pilots to staff the flying. Of course nobody sane would want to cut it that close, but there must be some Wall Street people who think it's awesome!