All Activity

This stream auto-updates     

  1. Past hour
  2. Pilot Shortage Is Here

    The Air Force (at least ours) has a bit of trouble getting out of its own way. When I left, I made it very clear I was happy to return until CRA ( age 60) given a firm OTU date and 45 mins notice. Left my number, flying suit in the closet... no calls. There is a weak link at the Sqn Cmdr level. By that I mean, they need to understand that pilots are retained one at a time but are lost two and three at a time in a concept I call "POOF". Here's what I mean: Capt X: Currently in an extended ground tour and counting the days and minutes until his OTU date. He is six years from CRA and a veteran. Multi tour, multi discipline... the type of experience you can only grow at great cost to the RCAF. Wants nothing more than to step out of an airplane on his 60th birthday and play golf. Capt Y: Finishing up his third flying tour and wants to be an OTU instructor. A pilots pilot, good hands and good situational awareness. The sort of guy you simply can't afford to lose. Word is, he will bolt if sentenced to a ground job. Capt Z: Smart guy... engineering degree from RMC and working on his masters. One of those pilots who lacks situational awareness... he can fly, he can coordinate the battle space, but simply can't do both at the same time. Major lapses has caused his inability to upgrade on two previous tours. Very happy to work ground jobs and excels at planning, CAOC and staff duties. Lacks confidence and doesn't want to fly any more. So what to do... If you retired as a Major or above, you already know what happened. Capt Z's CO was of the mind that pilots fly, and by God, that's what this guy is going to do. He is bumped into Capt X's OTU slot and Capt X is delayed (and extended in place) for a year. Capt X pulls his 30 day notice card and hits the golf course early. Capt Y is drafted to fill Capt X's ground job which is now vacant. He has had three tours in row... time to pull his weight right? Capt Y puts in his release and six months later steps into another airplane... it doesn't say RCAF on the side of it. Capt Z is unhappy and stressed in the new flying job. He hates it, his wife hates it and his kids want their Dad back. He takes his release and goes to work as an engineer. POOF... PS. Don't waste band width telling me about the "exigency of the service". I'm part of the POOF concept and it was easily avoided.
  3. Crew on an Embraer KC-390 requested an early return to base after the aircraft lost significant altitude during a stall test earlier this month. View the full article
  4. Crew on an Embraer KC-390 requested an early return to base after the aircraft lost significant altitude during a stall test earlier this month. View the full article
  5. Today
  6. Atlantic City

    for those who want to buy Canadian Canned Mushrooms and not those from China (up to now the Canadian product had disappeared from the shelves), The Real Canadian Superstore is now selling their house brand of mushroom (PC Organics) and they are marked as "Product of Canada". .25 a tin higher priced than the Chinese ones but well worth the price to support "Made in Canada".
  7. Pilot Shortage Is Here

    USAF Rejects Retired Pilot Recall By Geoff Rapoport | October 23, 2017 The U.S. Air Force said on Sunday there are no plans to use the powers created by President Donald Trump last week to force the recall of retired pilots. "We appreciate the authorities and flexibility delegated to us," said Ann Stefanek, chief of Air Force media operations on Sunday. However, "the Air Force does not currently intend to recall retired pilots to address the pilot shortage,” Stefanek said. The White House made waves last week by amending a 9/11-era executive order granting the Department of Defense emergency powers to force the recall of retired military officers to active duty. Department of Defense spokesman Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross had said he expected the Secretary of Defense would use the power to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for three years each, a plan that had evidently not been run past Air Force leadership. Senior Air Force officials have told Congress they are short about 1,500 pilots, a number they expect will grow for several years as airlines continue to hire en masse and the Air Force works to build up training resources. The branch is mostly short fighter pilots who have been most affected by more than 16 years at war.
  8. Q400 line sold too?

    Was well received by the employees. Job security for many many years to come.
  9. Reuters Reuters Summit: Canada worried about infrastructure hacks - intelligence official Reuters ... at Canada's Communications Security Establishment intelligence agency, follows a warning on Friday from the United States that sophisticated hackers are targeting U.S. infrastructure, including nuclear, energy, aviation, water and manufacturing ... and more » View the full article
  10. The Hindu Govt. scouts a 'pilot' for its flight school The Hindu The Centre is exploring various models to hand over the management control of State-owned aviation academy, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Akademi (IGRUA), to another player after the 10-year agreeement with Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE) ends ... View the full article
  11. Reuters Canada worried about infrastructure hacks: intelligence official Reuters ... at Canada's Communications Security Establishment intelligence agency, follows a warning on Friday from the United States that sophisticated hackers are targeting U.S. infrastructure, including nuclear, energy, aviation, water and manufacturing ... and more » View the full article
  12. A lot has been posted both pro and con re the legalization of pot here in Canada. Following is an article on how Colorado has faired. Note their age limit. No 'significant issues' from marijuana legalization, says Colorado medical officer Keep marijuana and alcohol separate, Dr. Larry Wolk advises By Kevin Yarr, CBC NewsPosted: Oct 23, 2017 9:25 AM AT Last Updated: Oct 23, 2017 9:25 AM AT The Chief Medical Officer in Colorado, where marijuana was legalized in 2014, has some advice for Canada leading up to the legalization of marijuana on July 1. Dr. Larry Wolk told Island Morning host Matt Rainnie Canadians have been interested in hearing his opinions on the subject since it was confirmed marijuana legalization was coming to Canada, and to hear what his state's experience has been. "The short answer is we haven't seen much," said Wolk. "We haven't experienced any significant issues as a result of legalization." One in four adults and one in five youth use marijuana on a somewhat regular basis," said Wolk, and those numbers haven't changed since legalization. More hospital visits Wolk noted marijuana has caused a few more visits to the ER, but most of those people are visitors, not residents. He credits an extensive education campaign with helping residents use marijuana safely. On the subject of safety, Wolk cautioned against selling marijuana in liquor stores or bars. It makes some sense to align the legal age for marijuana and alcohol use, says Dr. Larry Wolk. (Radio-Canada) "The co-use of marijuana and liquor is a bad idea," he said. "Marijuana in of itself — or the THC — and alcohol in of itself can cause impairment, and we know that those effects are not just additive but exponentially increased if somebody chooses to co-use both substances." Health issues versus practical issues Setting a legal age for use is tricky, said Wolk, because there are both health and practical factors to take into consideration. "Biologically we know the correct age should be 25," he said. "Nineteen may be a little too young, I mean because, again, of the developing brain issues, but if that's the legal drinking age and you already have a high prevalence … then it may make sense to align that with the legal drinking age." In Colorado the legal age for marijuana use is 21, the same as for alcohol. The Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey has found that P.E.I. youth already have the highest rates of marijuana use in the country, with about one in four reporting in 2014-15 they had used it in the previous 12 months. Wolk said there are still unanswered questions about legalization. There has been no increase in recorded impaired driving, but the numbers are difficult to track. It terms of marijuana being a gateway drug, he said Colorado has seen an increase in heroin-related deaths, but those increases are in line with national trends, and again there is no clear evidence either way.
  13. Singapore Airlines signed a firm order for 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 787-10s in a White House ceremony on 23 October attended by US president Donald Trump. View the full article
  14. Singapore Airlines signed a firm order for 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 787-10s in a White House ceremony on 23 October attended by US president Donald Trump. View the full article
  15. Fired While on LTD

    "Duty to accommodate" is a federal statute. Impaired health is considered a disability and is covered under the Charter of rights.
  16. Fired While on LTD

    Maybe, maybe not. Where I work the management seems to have abruptly turned on an employee with a long-term health issue (that they have mostly continued to work through) with one woman just adamant that accommodations made to this individual be withdrawn. I don't think one could reasonably claim that this situation is increasing confidence in the management or this woman specifically. It's just making people uncomfortable and angry. I personally suspect it will end with the employee quitting and suing for constructive dismissal when the accommodations are withdrawn.
  17. Q400 line sold too?

    We have not see the outcome of this yet, however Bombardier to host dignitaries in Mirabel for meeting with employees October 20, 2017MontréalBombardier Inc., Commercial Aircraft, Other News Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) announced today that Québec Premier Philippe Couillard, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, Airbus’ Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Thomas Enders and Bombardier’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Alain Bellemare will be visiting Bombardier’s Mirabel facility and meeting with employees on Friday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET). Dignitaries will address employees and discuss the new C Series partnership between Airbus and Bombardier. DATE: Friday, October 20, 2017 TIME: 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) LOCATION: 13100 Henri-Fabre Mirabel, Québec Canada J7N 3C6 Media representatives should be on site by 1:45 p.m. at the latest in order to attend the event. Bombardier is a trademark of Bombardier Inc.
  18. Q400 line sold too?

    poorly written as well that takes away from its credibility
  19. Refugee Resettlement

    Is this setting the stage for a new wave of refugees or is this just a "feel good" exercise? Trudeau appoints Bob Rae as special envoy to Myanmar Rae expected to seek permission to visit region where Rohingya live under 'brutal oppression' By Nahlah Ayed, CBC NewsPosted: Oct 22, 2017 8:28 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 23, 2017 7:24 AM ET Bob Rae, seen speaking to the media in this January 2014 file photo, has been named special envoy to Myanmar. (Nathan Denette/CP) Nahlah Ayed Foreign Correspondent Nahlah Ayed is a CBC News correspondent based in London. A veteran of foreign reportage, she's covered major world events and spent nearly a decade working in and covering conflicts across the Middle East. Earlier, Ayed was a parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is appointing Bob Rae as Canada's special envoy to Myanmar, two months into a growing crisis that has left 600,000 Rohingya Muslim people displaced. The move comes in response to growing public pressure to act in the face of what Canada and the United Nations have labelled ethnic cleansing of a long persecuted minority in Myanmar. As of Sunday, it's estimated 603,000 Rohingya, mostly from the troubled Rakhine state, have fled to shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh. The former Ontario premier is expected to seek permission to visit Rakhine state, where Rohingya have long lived under what Trudeau called "brutal oppression." Rae will advise the prime minister directly on the matter. According to a source familiar with the new role, Rae can play a sharper, more political role within Myanmar without jeopardizing diplomatic relationships on the ground with a government that is prickly about foreign interference in its affairs. 'Promote accountability for alleged crimes' Myanmar authorities have made it difficult for foreign officials and journalists to visit Rakhine state, recently barring a UN fact-finding mission and only allowing diplomats (including Canada's) a look on a controversial, military-organized visit under their watchful eye earlier this month. Rae is also expected "to promote accountability for alleged crimes perpetrated against vulnerable populations, including the Rohingya Muslim community, other religious and ethnic minorities, and women and girls," according to a written statement on the appointment. Thousands of Canadians have signed a petition calling on the government to strip Myanmar's state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, of honourary Canadian citizenship she was given back in 2007.The National Rohingya Muslim crisis: How it started and why it's getting worse Suu Kyi, also a Nobel laureate, has disappointed supporters around the world for failing to side clearly with the Rohingya in their plight. The true power in Myanmar lies with the military, which retains control over key ministries such as home and border affairs. Canada has called on both the civilian and military arms of the government to end the violence and allow humanitarian access to remaining Rohingya populations. 'Constitutions are never closed,' says former Ontario premier Bob Rae 'I'll never stop fighting' says Kitchener Rohingya man after 2-week stint in Bangladesh camps The longstanding tension in Rakhine state escalated on August 25, when Rohingya militants attacked security forces, killing several. The military responded with overwhelming force, and with the support of Buddhist nationalist mobs, have burned down villages and killed an untold number of Rohingya. The UN's human rights office now says the military's actions preceded the August 25 attack, and were intended to drive Rohingya out for good. Though they have lived in Myanmar for generations, Rohingya Muslims are considered foreigners by the authorities and are not entitled to citizenship. They are denied basic rights to freedom of movement and education.
  20. Fired While on LTD

    Thats how I see it as well. If it is a legit claim then that would anger me. if it was a bogus claim and someone was milking it then Kudos to the company. Most companies have return to work plans to get an employee back to work in "some" capacity. If the person will never be able to return to work then they are let go. I thought there was legislation on this but it may just be company policies.
  21. Fired While on LTD

    Normally, there are rigid qualifications for LTD. The article says there over 2 dozen employees terminated, so you have to question either the decision to terminate or the process that allowed them to get onto LTD if indeed their claims were not legit, in either case WestJet has a need to explain their actions.
  22. Fired While on LTD

    Speaking from experience (with no knowledge of this specific situation), terminations like this have, in the past increased confidence in WestJet leadership. I know that sounds odd, but that’s how I’ve seen it play out many times. The overwhelming majority of WestJet employees are die hard passionate employees who want the best for themselves and even more so the company. When they see other employees not pulling their weight or taking advantage of a certain situation, they get frustrated and want to see leadership from management to address these situations. If that was the case here, I would bet there is front line support for this. If that isn’t the case, then certainly it could help support the idea of unionization.
  23. United Airlines does not plan to re-evaluate the Bombardier CSeries for its fleet, following the announcement of plans by Airbus to buy a majority stake in the aircraft programme. View the full article
  24. United Airlines does not plan to re-evaluate the Bombardier CSeries for its fleet, following the announcement of plans by Airbus to buy a majority stake in the aircraft programme. View the full article
  25. A Moment in History

    Hard to imagine but ...http://fly.historicwings.com/2017/10/the-six-ship-takeoff/ By Thomas Van Hare “Our job tomorrow will be to take off well before daylight for the first time in history and bomb the gun positions and defenses on the landing beaches themselves little more than half an hour before troops are set to land. The six-ship takeoff will be used. Briefing is at three a.m. and the 320th will take off just a few minutes before the 319th.” — 319th Medium Bomb Group Mission Log, August 14, 1944 Decimomannu Air Base in Sardinia was the temporary home of the longest serving group in the Mediterranean theatre, the 319th Medium Bomb Group of the 12th Air Force. Flying Martin B-26 Marauders, the 319th had been bombing communications links, gun positions, and key bridges supplying the German Army in Italy and France. The invasion of Southern France (Operation Dragoon — the so-called, “Second D-Day”) was set for August 15, 1944, and the 319th would be in the thick of it. The 319th Medium Bomb Group demonstrates a six-ship formation takeoff. Photo Credit: IMPACT Magazine, USAAF The upcoming mission would involve a “six-ship takeoff”, a practice the group had pioneered in April 1944, just four months earlier. To do a six-ship takeoff by day was extraordinary — that the group pulled it off at night is almost beyond belief. Scant practice was afforded, despite the challenges and on August 12, just three days before the invasion, the 319th’s SECRET mission logs recorded the preparations, “The group carried out four six-ship takeoffs and landing in the dark early this morning preparatory to employing them on night missions.” The Six-Ship Takeoff The six-ship takeoff was detailed a month later in the USAAF publication, IMPACT, a classified magazine for military distribution (at the time marked CONFIDENTIAL and long since declassified). The report included photos of the 319th’s base at Decimomannu and diagrams showing how the group, using their then-secret method, could field an entire squadron of 24 bombers in the time it took other bomb groups to launch just eight aircraft. The report highlighted that the 319th’s method shaved up to 25 minutes from the time it took to launch and assemble formations for each mission — critical minutes of extra fuel and bomb-carrying capacity that the practice afforded. The magazine IMPACT described the procedures in some detail: “All four flights of a 24-ship mission line up before the first starts off, in assembly as shown in the diagram directly below. With manifold pressure pushed to about 25 inches, the pilots release locks and hold the brakes by foot. At the flag, the pilots let go the brakes and start easing up their throttles. From the start, wing men fly on element leaders to the line even. First pilots concentrate on throttling to keep abreast, relying on the co-pilots to handle the other gadgets. A fifth of the 6,000 foot runway is used in getting up to full throttle, and the deliberate easing of throttle makes necessary the use of about 600 feet of runway in excess of that needed for single-ship takeoff.” By August 1944, the 319th had performed four months of six-ship takeoffs flawlessly — described in IMPACT as “more than 100 missions without mishap”. Join-Up Patterns Another key innovation were the methods of joining up into a combat formation after takeoff. This entailed some thoughtful planning and practice. Once formed up, the Bomb Group could proceed directly toward the target. Detail of the Dogleg Joinup Pattern. Source: IMPACT Magazine, USAAF “DOGLEG JOINUP PATTERN is demonstrated by the diagram. The first flight off (No. 2) flies for five minutes, the others, at 1-minute intervals, for 4, 3, 2. The turns are 120, 107, 93, and 80 degrees, respectively, The first flight, maintaining 175 mph, is at bomber R/V 5 minutes after the first turn, at 1,500 feet. The Group CO estimates this pattern puts the formation on course only two minutes later than one taking off on course and closing by speed differential.” The second pattern involved a “racetrack” circle over the base, after which the 319th could assume the most direct course toward the target. IMPACT described that as follows: “ELLIPTICAL JOINUP is shown by the pattern diagrammed above. Takeoff, unlike that for the dogleg is in order of flights. The takeoff interval is one minute, and each flight makes its first turn at 30 seconds less, from the end of the runway, than that of the preceding flight. The flights turn 360 degrees, each in a tighter ellipse than its predecessor. Bomber rendezvous is at 1,200 feet, and the on-course position accomplished over the field at 1,800 feet, just 12 1/2 minutes after takeoff.” Diagram of elliptical join-up method. Source: IMPACT Magazine, USAAF The runways at Decimomannu Air Base were specially-prepared for the six-ship takeoff. Six parallel runways featured oil poured over the hard-packed dirt and sand of Sardinia. This helped reduce dust from prop blast and ensure that the tires didn’t cut deep ruts when moving at high speed. “STRIPED RUNWAY used for the six-abreast takeoffs and landings is shown below. Width of runway is 1,000 feet. It is divided into the six lanes by the simple expedient of oiling the dirt and gravel surface in strips as shown here. the six planes of the first-off flight line up on yellow-painted tire scraps centered in each of the six lands, the others lining on the plane ahead, all being in position before the first starts away. Danger of collision is in takeoffs and landings has been found to be practically nil.” Aerial photograph of Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia, showing the six parallel runways marked out in oil. Photo Credit: IMPACT Magazine, USAAF What Goes Up Must Come Down After pioneering the six-ship takeoff, it seemed natural for the 319th to employ a six-ship line abreast landing as well. Like the takeoff, landing the entire bomb group six-abreast saved a lot of time, allowing the Bomb Group to conserve precious fuel and reduce the time it took to bring everyone in after a mission. “THE FORMATION LANDING is completed in 8 1/2 minutes from the time the returning mission reaches the field, cutting 9 minutes from the time the crews of the last planes in formation spent circling the field for ship-ship landings. The formation is over the field at 2,000 feet. The No 3 (inside) flight breaks off in a half needlewidth turn. The succeeding flights, in the order 10402, break at 30-second intervals, each describing a 360-degree ellipse 30 seconds longer than the one ahead. Flights turn off the downwind leg for the approach 45 seconds past the end of the runway, the second element uncovering to the inside of the turn. Landing interval is one minute.” Landing in a six-ship formation. Source: IMPACT Magazine, USAAF Invasion Day — Southern France “Virtually the entire group got up at two-thirty today. Those not scheduled to fly or who didn’t have to get up for other duties got up anyway out of excitement to watch the show and be ready to lend a hand where possible. By the time the 320th started taking off, before five a.m., most of the 319th spectators and crews, including a number of ground men who volunteered and got permission to go along in order to see the invasion, were on hand on the field looking on. Two searchlights at the starting of the runway furnished a dramatic glare in which the airplanes, lighted at wing tips and tail, lined up.” The stage was set for the launch of both bomb groups. After four months of “mishap free” takeoffs, attempting the six-ship take off at night proved more challenging in practice, however, with a full load of bombs, ammunition, and fuel. “One 320th ship crashed into a hill a mile or two beyond the runway and burned. It was a discouraging sight for the 319th crews, none of whom had ever taken off in the dark before in B-26′s. Then a second ship crashed closer to the field and, a few minutes later, a third failed to get off. The latter two ships also caught fire, exploded and burned. The tension was terrific. Men wondered aloud if the crew members had been able to get out of the unlucky ships before the explosions and made arrangements among themselves as to just what crew members in their own ships were to use what escape hatches in the event of a crash. But, using the six-ship takeoff, every 319th airplane got off safely. The group had the unequaled number of 74 airplanes over the target, the most put up by any group in the wing. In the 437th, which put into the air every one of its 20 ships, three crew chiefs got sick from nervousness after their airplanes had got safely into the air. One crew chief, whose 90-mission airplane went on two missions during the day, was seen to light his cigarette and then throw away his lighter away like a match.” The invasion fleet off the coast of France’s Cote Azur during Operation Dragoon. For the 319th, the mission went perfectly, as described in the 319th mission logs: “Over the target clouds were pretty thick, but, with an area target, a strip of beach seven-eighths of a mile long, the group dropped its bombs, identifying its position through breaks in the clouds, and got an amazingly good coverage. The only flak opposition was a barrage put up over a town a mile away from the formation. There were no enemy fighters encountered. Ont the other hand, Beaufighters, P-47′s Spitfires, Warhawks and carrier-borne Hellcats wheeled around over the beaches like seagulls looking in vain for opposition. As the 319th formation broke away from the coast after loosing its bombs a formation of silver B-24′s crossed over it at right angles heading out to sea about two thousand feet higher. Warships below could be seen firing at the shore, carriers were poking around with planes taking off and landing on them, and clusters of ships were maneuvering here and there off shore. As the last 319th wave pulled away from the beaches the ships below began moving in toward shore for their eight o’clock landing.” The day’s entry ended on a positive note, stating first — “Colonel Holzapple expressed himself as very pleased with the job.” And then, a fitting end of the day, the 319th’s log states, “Not a single airplane was lost by the 319th during the day.” Of course, the 320th, flying from the same base, had suffered terrible losses just in the takeoff. A B-26 Marauder, 438th Bomb Squadron, 319th Medium Bomb Group, striking what is probably the Grizzana Bridge, Italy, August 22, 1944. Photo Credit: USAAF An additional reminder of the unpredictable nature of war came just two days later, highlighted with this entry in the 319th’s log for August 17, 1944. Luck was with them that day too, however, and there were no casualties: “An entirely-messed-up 24-ship mission got no bombs closer to coastal guns near Toulon than half a mile away. One flight had every ship damaged by flak, but the other flights had only a couple of ships apiece with a couple of holes in them. Part of the mess was due to a bad turn on the part of the first flight on the approach to the target and the lead bombardier forgetting to turn on his intervalometer. Critique was pretty gloomy as a result.” The 319th BG performs a formation landing at Decimomannu Air Base, August 1944. Photo Credit: IMPACT Magazine, USAAF Additional Notes Though the six-ship takeoff and landing served the 319th and 320th Medium Bomb Groups well throughout the late period of the war, the practice was not adopted other groups. In many cases, single plane-width runways were all that were available — as was the standard for all of the Stations in England, for instance. In other cases, the knowledge of the methods used was ignored or unavailable to those who might have benefited from the practice. After the end of World War II, the USAAF (and subsequently USAF) did not continue to use the 319th’s six-ship takeoff method, despite its obvious benefits. Decimomannu Air Base today. Source: Google Maps Decimomannu Air Base, where the 319th Medium Bomb Group was based at the time, remains a military airfield to this day. Gone are the six parallel strips of oil-soaked dirt. Today, the field has but two parallel runways. Of course, these days, it is rare to see raids at the scale that were regularly practiced during World War II. Hopefully, the world will never see another “thousand bomber raid”, and even the 319th’s raids, with 20 to 76 aircraft in formation at once, are rare. There seems little need to launch six planes at a time and, even if they were launched, modern warplanes usually form up for the attack only after a round of aerial refueling. The bottleneck, it seems, has more to do with the limitations of tankers than multiple runways.
  26. Huge order backlogs particularly for narrowbody products are keeping the commercial aircraft industry s biggest two producers working at a record pace, as Airbus and Boeing also make the transition from long-established models to revamped variants. View the full article
  27. Huge order backlogs particularly for narrowbody products are keeping the commercial aircraft industry s biggest two producers working at a record pace, as Airbus and Boeing also make the transition from long-established models to revamped variants. View the full article
  1. Load more activity