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Mississauga company parts ways with flight instructor seen on CNN

April 18, 2014
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TORONTO – 

A Mississauga flight simulator business has parted ways with an instructor who became known for repeated appearances during CNN’s coverage of the missing Malaysian jetliner because he was not “available and on call,” the company’s owner said Thursday.

“Mr. (Mitchell) Casado was not an employee of uFly but rather an independent consultant who was retained by the company to fly the simulator, instruct customers on its operation and provide the ultimate piloting experience to patrons of the business,” the company said in a press release issued Thursday. “Over time, there developed a difference of opinion as to how to do that between Mr. Casado and uFly which ultimately resulted in uFly ending the relationship (Wednesday).”

Other media had reported that Claudio Teixiera, the owner of uFly, said Casado was let go Wednesday by uFly for “dressing like he was 15 years old” while on the popular U.S. cable news channel.

Teixeira is quoted by some media outlets saying Casado made Canadians “look very bad all over the world” and shamed uFly with what the owner described as Casado’s unprofessional way of dressing, sporting jeans and plaid shirts.

CNN reporter Martin Savidge would sit with Casado for long periods of time inside one of uFly’s simulators and go over different scenarios with Casado, who became a regular during the news network’s coverage of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished March 8.

Neither Casado nor Teixeira responded to multiple interview requests by telephone, Facebook and Twitter Thursday.

On uFly’s Facebook page, posters expressed outrage over the decision.

Poster John Avignone called the company ”the embarrassment to Canada,” not Casado.

”It’ll be interesting to see if you can pull out of your nose dive into the stupid in time to save your business. Judging from your actions in this case, I doubt you have the brains to pull up in time,” he wrote.

In a past CNN online story, Savidge profiled Casado as “a pilot for the people,” having had a passion for flying since his days as a child, and that Casado, who sports “hipster” facial hair, displayed a casual confidence while on camera.

“The reality is he dresses not for corporate aviation but comfort, and his journey to becoming a pilot and aviation analyst is far from typical,” Savidge wrote.

 

Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/04/17/mississauga-company-parts-ways-with-flight-instructor-seen-on-cnn

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