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  1. 7 points
    I agree. Let me tell a personal story; one time I was flying into ORD and from several miles back we could see a situation developing on our intended runway - one guy slow to clear and another slow to go to position. We didn't go around at the first indication that it wasn't going to work, we continued down the slope. PF and PM discussed the probability of a G/A but continued the approach until it really, really wasn't possible to land and then we did our G/A - about the same time as the TWR called for it. An outside observer might comment about how "close" we came to disaster or about how we "didn't see" the aircraft sitting on the runway in front of us, while in reality we saw it from miles back. Sometimes situations resolve themselves, sometimes they don't. I've had YYZ TWR give me landing clearance below minimums - several times actually. I can't say for certain what happened in SFO but remember the very first thing that happened was the query by the approaching aircraft about lights on the runway so obviously they were aware that something wasn't right. I think that they were aware something didn't look right but because of the lighting conditions, approach offset, crosswind or some combination of factors couldn't quite reconcile the information so they queried TWR and continued. TWR said, "everything is fine." So now we're supposed to believe that they would just turn off their brains and land on top of four wide-bodies without looking out the window again or any further concerns? Well, maybe, but more likely is that they continued on their approach being ready for either a G/A or landing depending on how the situation resolved itself. These guys may have been completely in the wrong, approaching a taxiway instead of a runway, but the fact that the G/A was done from a low altitude, alone, doesn't prove that they weren't aware that something wasn't right.
  2. 6 points
    Interesting read. Perhaps time for an informed debate about unions, the need for them and the facts about being in one. A few thoughts from someone who has sat on both sides of the table over the short while I've been in this circus - er - profession. IMO the best working environment is one where everyone in the enterprise has significant skin in the game and recognises that no one succeeds unless everyone does. Putting a union into that setting is a mistake, as everyone is doing their best already. I would say that Westjet would have fit that model in their early years. As soon as a company stratifies and elite management starts to appear, priorities are vulnerable to division. As an operation expands and individuals enter at or above the invisible mercator between worker and manager, the personal links, and associated empathy with the bottom level erodes. The CEO may get the need to stay connected, but they also have to delegate. The increasingly invisible middle layers, increasingly disconnected, begin the erosion. Not irreversible at the start, but also hard to spot. Eventually the company faces some sort of fork in the road that tests their self awareness. Who are we now? Who do we want to be? This, in my view, is the moment of birth for many union movements. If the workers feel the next steps will be on their backs, they begin to think, perhaps we need protection. Very hard to turn back from that point. The company has made its promises and the workers' sentiment is like a stain on the relationship. From that point on, it is largely a 'when', not 'if' equation, barring a wholesale purge of either the executive suite or the front line. I am not at Westjet, indeed looking at it from way too far away. That said, just from the news articles, I wonder if any of the above fits. FWIW Vs
  3. 5 points
    What's he talking about. Grandmothers are sexy. I should know as I'm married to one.
  4. 4 points
    Do they have to measure the wrinkles in the speed tape covering the dents?
  5. 4 points
    Canada is a net NEGATIVE carbon producer. Our Wilderness cleans more carbon from the atmosphere than the population creates. The government should be paying us if you do the math.
  6. 3 points
    Found this on my Facebook feed... Many of us are between 65 and death, i.e. old 1. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet. 2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money. 3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed. 4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together. 5. Don’t stress over the little things. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten. 6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.” 7. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong. 8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are. 9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age. 10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today. 11. Never use the phrase: “In my time.” Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life. 12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around. 13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you’ve lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone. 14. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it. 15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations. Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there. 16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That’s a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but don’t go off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well. 17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we’re all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind. They are not who you are, they are something that life added to you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the person you used to be. 18. If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone - apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life. 19. If you have a strong belief, savor it. But don’t waste your time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your beliefs and let that memory sway them. 20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So what’s not to laugh about? Find the humor in your situation. 21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking. They’ll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you’ve achieved. Let them talk and don’t worry. They have no idea about your history, your memories and the life you’ve lived so far. There’s still much to be written, so get busy writing and don’t waste time thinking about what others might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be! REMEMBER: “Life is too short to drink bad wine.”
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    Well, that will teach me to go flying. more than two pages to get caught up on. That said, the extrapolation in the press, and elsewhere, based on partial data continues to cause nothing but problems all around - unless you are a lawyer I suppose. The questions here about what we don't know are important ones. What was the aircraft's navigational accuracy, what was the wind doing? How much crab did the aircraft have on approach? Was it enough to convince the crew they were tracking correctly? What did the crew actually see in terms of lighting effects when they transitioned to the visual segment? How did they interpret the aircraft lights once tower told them they were alone on 28R? Would there have been a different conclusion had tower told them there were aircraft holding for departure? airbrake, interesting link. My reading of that article is that it is an attempt to maintain momentum to serve another agenda. The NTSB has not, from what I read in the article, said it was even worse than originally imagined. Indeed, the comments look identical to their initial reports. I have seen a number of lateral plots in the press, lots of differences and no shortage of conclusions. I don't know the sources of these plots or whether any error checking has been done. I suspect the NTSB will be cleaning up the data. The terminal radar may or may not have the resolution to differentiate between an offset approach to the TDZ and an alignment on the taxiway.. Unlikely given the reaction of the controller to the (presumably United) crew call, 'where is he going?' A couple of broader observations. I find the comments about pilots distancing themselves from an event like this odd. That's never been my experience in all of the time I have worked with and around pilots and aviation. This thread is just another example of how driven airframe drivers are to understand a threat that might lie in wait for us on our next trip. Perhaps the black humour and commentary that aviators often use gets misunderstood. I honestly don't know how such a mis-impression could be formed. That said, that drive to understand and assimilate information has in the past resulted in pilots changing their behaviour, based on rumours about what happened to a peer, and themselves going on to suffer an event due to a threat they themselves introduced, thinking it would help. Speculation is not risk free, that's why the process is as rigid as it is. Likewise, the quick-hit phrases like 'fatigue' and 'pilot error' are easily spoken but hard to use constructively. Hearing that 'pilot error' caused anything is like saying that 100% of serial killers were exposed to milk as a child. It's not that pilots believe themselves perfect, it is just the opposite. Pilots, being human, commit errors on a regular basis on nearly every flight. That is the reason for all of the layers of safeguards, to create a robust mitigation to the inevitable. The fact is, the vast majority of flights proceed normally despite the errors that occur in the flight deck, ATC, loading, maintenance, etc, etc. The entire discipline of human factors seeks to understand the complex nature of errors, and sometimes asks specifically why an error, that on any other day would have resulted in no consequence, today was part of an incident sequence. So, did this crew perform perfectly? Unlikely, and perfection was not expected. 'The devil is in the details' was never truer than following an event like this. All we can do is ask questions, knowing that some of them may require data that is lost to the process. At the centre of all of this is a crew and those who support them. They are being pilloried in the press. Keep a thought for them if you can. Vs
  9. 3 points
    Even though things worked out favourably this time, the potential consequences were so horrific it's near impossible to imagine the incident being classified as 'minor' ... just mho.
  10. 3 points
    News from Down-Under (from last year actually but I just found it): http://morningmail.org/down-goes-the-hockey-stick/ ‘Hockey Stick’ goes down. Bret Harte Remember Michael Mann? Who doesn’t? He produced the ‘hockey stick’ graph which demonstrated that ancient temperatures were never as high as they are now – that today’s temperatures were the hottest since mankind first appeared on earth. He was the man who Al Gore, the IPCC, Greenpeace, every green organisation relied on as absolute proof that mankind is in for a hell of a hiding unless we stop burning coal and oil for cheap energy. At once. Within 5 years at most. More than anyone, Mann triggered the billions wasted on solar panels and windmill that goes on to this day. Remember him? Well, he is now being sued for millions of bucks. And the reason is that he has just sensationally failed in his three-year case, suing a Canadian septuagenarian climatologist skeptic, Dr Tim Ball. And Mann is now open to be investigated for the Climategate conspiracy. If you do something naughty like fudging figures and make money out of doing something naughty you sometimes find that the courts whack you with a conviction. What happened was that Mann sued Tim Ball for defamation when Ball claimed Mann belonged in the state pen rather than Penn State (university)for his shoddy science. Ball defended it, and as part of his defence that Mann was a shonk required Mann to disclose his ‘hockey stick’ graph metadata in the British Columbia Supreme Court, as he is required to do not only under the Canadian civil rules of procedure, but under common law and rules of fairness in courts everywhere. The idiot Mann turned and twisted, and even claimed in his case that he was a Nobel Prize winner and therefore his reputation was trebly sullied by that scoundrel Ball. Ball retaliated by pointing out that Mann was no more a Nobel winner than Pinto the Wonder Horse and continued to demand to see that data that the Hockey stick graph was based on. The innuendo claimed by Mann in his defamation suit was that Ball was implying that Mann faked his 1000 years of tree ring proxy data for the past 1,000 years. But Mann’s refusal to produce the data in court, where it could be examined by experts – even court appointed experts – was fatal. The court gave him more and more time to produce it, then dismissed Mann’s case when he kept refusing. The dramatic downfall of the very heart of the global warming scam affects the wankers in the IPCC. They will now have to come up with some sort of statement that they didn’t rely solely on Mann – that there is still heaps of evidence – but the fact that they thanked him for his contribution when they got their own Nobel will come back to terrorise them. At the time Mann sued Ball, it was thought that Mann’s suit was basically what is known as a SLAPP suit – a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation suit – a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. [SLAPP suits are common in Australia. For example, a homosexual may complain about someone and force him before a Tribunal. The defendant must then pay a lawyer and waste years of his life defending. The complainer need not even show up to the hearing. The damage has been done even if it is dismissed. The complainer loses nothing. Thank your government for making it easy for SLAPP suits] But Dr Ball has now sued Mann back claiming zillions for what he says was not a true defamation suit but a SLAPP. And everybody else who was hit by Mann’s SLAPP suits is joining in the fun, they have countered too. You see, intoxicated by the smell of his own bullshit, Mann sued a number of others who supported Dr Ball to shut them up – at least that it is the claim – and now that Mann’s case is gone it is a strong claim because Mann’s prevarications and procrastination, all his countless fudging and evasiveness in the matter and blowhard self-puffery establishes compelling evidence that Mann’s motive was not to prove Ball had defamed him, but more likely a cynical attempt to silence fair and honest public criticism on a pressing and contentious government policy issue. Mann is virtually a sitting duck. What happens next? Apart from the side issue that anyone may now freely dismiss Mann in the harshest terms as a junk scientist who shilled for a failed global warming cabal, there is the outcome of the counter suits. If they succeed, then the same civil remedies will be open to Australians who are hit with crazy allegations. The complainers will have to establish on the balance of probabilities that they really were insulted and God knows what else when a baker refused to bake a cake for their homosexual wedding for instance. The fact that they seek out the victim in the first place will have a huge bearing on the case. And if the Belfast Baker gets up in his appeal in May the complainer in that case may find that the law cuts both ways, and cuts bloody deep. And SLAPP cases may end up just being Oscar Wilde cases. [Oscar Wilde sued for defamation when the defendant said Wilde was posing as a sodomite. Wilde had to drop the case half way through and ended in jail.] The there is brother Weaver. Ball’s victory over Mann, sensational though it is, is equalled if not beaten by Ball’s coming victory against Weaver. Weaver is Professor Andrew Weaver, “climate scientist” at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Deputy Leader of the Green Party there, member of the Legislative Assembly and an IPCC’s lead climate modeller. And intoxicated by the same bullshit that undid Mann, Weaver also sued Ball for defamation. My, wasn’t there crowing then in the ABC and similar. David Suzuki was the largest of the roosters crowing. Feather dusters now. And why? Because Weaver’s case against Ball has also now been rendered dormant due to the self-dame failure to come good and disclose his metadata. This is an epic double whammy for Ball. As an inadvertent courtroom martyr for climate skeptics he has destroyed the credibility of both the IPPC paleoclimate record (Mann’s ‘hockey stick’) and all those IPCC computer model ‘projections’ of a dangerously warming climate (Weaver’s ‘science’). As such, the alarmist (false) claims of a cooler past climate presented by Mann, and doomsaying computer model projections of a dangerously warming future climate, presented by Weaver, would not stand up in court. Ball’s triumph is even more resonant than the Scope’s Monkey Trial of 1925. And it isn’t over. Ball seems to have gone on the front foot and is claiming that the “evidence” for global warming was intentionally and illegally concocted. If he is wrong he will be sued. If he is right, he will not. But if he is right the onus is then on the government to prosecute – conspiracy is still a crime. Meanwhile, Suzuki, who underwrote the legal costs in the cases against Ball, has gone into sackcloth and ashes. Stand by for an appeal for money.
  11. 3 points
    I don't get some of the comments in this thread. If they had carried on and something further happened, we'd all be very critical of their decision to proceed. They decided to stop and fix the jet. Good decision. Would anyone here enter the NATS with a similar failure? RVSM issues aside, the South China Sea airspace is very congested and this time of year the weather is very challenging. Not something I'd want to tackle at 28,000' with OR without an autopilot. And I have thousands of hours flying jets single-handed without an autopilot.
  12. 2 points
    12 year old boys need to stay safe and close to mommy in the girls change room? Humanity has lost its way and allowed the cuckoos to run the show.
  13. 2 points
    United Airlines Offering Immigrants Special Flights That Circle U.S. Awaiting Gaps In Travel Ban CHICAGO—In response to the executive order restricting entry to the United States from six majority-Muslim nations, United Airlines announced Friday that the carrier will offer immigrants and refugees special flights that continuously circle the country until gaps in the travel ban allow them to land. “We’re excited to offer numerous daily flights from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan to a perpetual holding pattern above the Atlantic Ocean, where international travelers can enjoy a relaxing journey while waiting for a federal court to temporarily suspend the ban,” said United spokesman Karen Jennings, adding that customers attempting to flee their war-torn native countries or just visit their American relatives will be offered onboard meals and a wide array of in-flight entertainment options throughout the voyage up and down the eastern coastline, which may last anywhere from one week to several years depending on the specific terms of the legal challenge to the executive order. “Rest assured, our pilots will be in constant radio contact to keep passengers updated on the appeals process, and each aircraft will stay within 60 miles of a major airport at all times to take advantage of any temporary restraining order with a quick landing.” United officials added that complimentary Wi-Fi would be available for the first month of the flight, but that passengers who wish to continue using the service will be charged $7.99 for each additional hour. http://www.theonion.com/article/united-airlines-offering-immigrants-special-flight-56361
  14. 2 points
    Just think of the trouble morality causes. Had the losers won the battle and some of the western soldiers survived, but in a horribly wounded state, you can be sure their deaths wouldn't have come as a consequence of their wounds. Nevertheless, in this case an American medic acted to save the life of a combatant regardless of the fact that this so-called child had just killed one bud and wounded another, never mind the god knows how many maimed & killed prior through his roadside bomb building activities, but to hear Canada's pm apologize to an islamist on our behalf knowing he had murdered our people and then finish by making him a 'filthy' rich man is just too much.
  15. 2 points
    The difference is that, according to the laws as they exist now, children born overseas to a Canadian parent automatically have Canadian citizenship. We can either try to integrate them now or wait until they are adults and they come knocking after spending their entire childhood growing up in Afganisyriawackistan - which is better?
  16. 2 points
    By the numbers.... Trump - 304 Clinton - 227
  17. 2 points
  18. 2 points
    I'm not convinced that all of the information supposedly supplied by authorities is correct. For example, they say that the flight overflew the first two aircraft at 100 ft, the 3rd by 200 ft and the 4th by 300 ft. With 100 ft between aircraft and a 200 ft body length, the 4th aircraft is only 400 ft from the second aircraft. So the aircraft in the go around climbed 200 ft in 500 ft (the distance between the 2nd and 4th aircraft with 100 ft between them). That's about 5,000 ft/min (23 degree angle of climb... meaning more than 20 degree body angle with flaps out) at 125 kts. The A320 is pretty dramatic in go around mode, but I don't think it did 5,000 ft/min. Bottom line... there's a lot of holes in the (sparse, at best) available information. You know the drill....
  19. 2 points
    Great work by Air Canada continues, good to see the story is being told, majority of Canadians don't know about "Dreams Take Flight" as AC has never blown their own horn about what they and their volunteers do for the kids. Cowboys and Cowgirls came out Saturday night for the Dreams Take Flight gala by Christie Herchak Posted Jul 8, 2017 9:20 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm MDT Cowboys and Cowgirls came out Saturday night for the Dreams Take Flight gala by Christie Herchak Posted Jul 8, 2017 9:20 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm MDT Ian Campbell The annual Dreams Take Flight gala was held Saturday evening at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the downtown core. The black tie and blue jeans extravaganza sold out shortly after tickets became available. The gala consisted of a three-course dinner, dancing, live music, and more auction items then ever before. President of Dreams Take Flight Calgary Jan Caveny says this year they really blew it out of the park, ” There was over 600 silent auction items, 12 live auction items and people in the industry are saying holy dyna how do you do that, but we are Dreams Take Flight and we do it!” Cavney says, all of the proceeds raised Saturday night goes right back into the charity which provides the trip of a lifetime to medically, mentally, physically, socially, or emotionally challenged children. With the help of Air Canada kids from all across the country get to hop on a plane and have a magical field trip to Disney World. National Web site for those who want to know more: http://www.dreamstakeflight.ca/
  20. 2 points
    Wow, excellent! I sure wish my guitar could do that. Darryl Hall has done several of those. Look for "At Darryl's House" on YouTube. Fitz and the Tantrums is my favourite.
  21. 2 points
    Lovvvveeee that the world is waking up to what's really behind the socks and hair do. " Trudeau’s egregious behavior is a slap in the face to Canadian and U.S. forces who have fought, bled, and died side-by-side on the field of battle in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Trudeau not only spits in the faces of his own soldiers, but he undermines the international coalition supporting brave Afghan and Iraqi forces, warriors who are battling day-and-night to wrestle their countries back from the hands of sadistic religious fanatics spilling the blood of innocents to turn the Middle East into a medieval-aged dystopian caliphate. Shame on you, Justin Trudeau. Canada, the civilized world, and all men and women of conscience deserve better. " http://www.dailywire.com/news/18685/canadas-justin-trudeau-issues-formal-apology-joshua-yasmeh
  22. 2 points
    How many announcements have these people made so far with nary a hint of anything to show for it? Talk about your fake news!
  23. 2 points
    Despite the short comings with our present security, it does appear to have achieved the desired effect (no more aircraft hijackings by terrorists). So I suspect there will be very little desire to eliminate it except perhaps from those who are paid for their advice on "Security" and get news coverage.
  24. 2 points
    Jaydee you must remember he has a very busy schedule, so today in Calgary he was stampeding, having his picture taken and oh yes releasing a very important announcement regarding his current choice in music Justin Trudeau issues his summer ‘PM Mix playlist’ on Spotify http://globalnews.ca/news/3601103/justin-trudeau-pm-mix-playlist-spotify/ . So as you can see, no time for anything else.
  25. 2 points
    UD, two things: 1) Read the entire post before you start to infer from it. Had you done so you would have perhaps realised I was not defending the pilots or even suggesting they were where they ought to be. I was trying to stop the slide of innuendo about what would happen next based on a coordinate. Ironic that you closed with exactly that, innuendo and extrapolation. 2) Your comment regarding 'all you pilots' is simply bizarre. Do you really believe you know the minds of all pilots? To infer that we are somehow dishonest because we don't subscribe to your theory about what we are thinking is out there. Really out there. Next time, do yourself and the others here a favour. Before you rush to judgement, consider whether you've missed the point of the poster in your sights, as you have in this case. And perhaps skip the mind reading part. Vs
  26. 2 points
    Later this month Kraken Sonar Inc of St. Johns will deploy its ThunderFish Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar System in lake Ontario to search for the 1/8 scale models of the Avro Arrow. They were part of the finale flight design test work done prior to production.
  27. 2 points
    " The Liberals have argued that the government was required to compensate Mr. Khadr because the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that his Charter rights were violated. This is incorrect. The Court did not demand any payment to Mr. Khadr. Any compensation he was owed was made when Canada repatriated him and allowed him to walk free once again." " The Liberals also claim they were fiscally prudent by settling with Mr. Khadr because $5 million had been spent on legal fees. No. The lawyers in the Department of Justice are salaried civil servants. They are getting paid whether they fight Mr. Khadr or not. Estimating and presenting their costs like this is pure politics." " The Liberals hope that all of this information confuses Canadians. But while the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a cornerstone of our modern democracy, it is limited to Canada’s borders or the direct actions of the Canadian government. The Khadr family did not take their Charter rights with them when they were fighting in Afghanistan. The detention of Omar Khadr in Guantanamo Bay as an enemy combatant, while controversial, was not a violation of his Charter rights." http://erinotoolemp.com/2017/07/12/setting-the-record-straight-on-khadr/
  28. 2 points
    Yeah? And you think aging is fun? Maybe I should re-focus. "Hey, guys! I know what pnf means!"
  29. 2 points
    From the recording, the AC pilot saw something was wrong, questioned it and then took the necessary action to correct the problem.
  30. 2 points
    gator - You noted that "yeah, too bad they had to pull wood that was dipped in poison". I appreciate you making the point. For some years now, a few of us have been asking the question - What did you think was going to happen? Lost here (and most everywhere) is the notion of common sense, use as directed and only use what you need when you need it. Perhaps a return to common sense would help us solve a bunch of seemingly unsolvable dilemmas. Although I hope for the best, nothing I see or hear offers much in the way of comfort. So, if I may be so bold as to drift a bit: Pressure treated wood is a specific product with specific properties for a specific purpose. Nothing else works as well. BUT, some people insisted on putting it on top of their picnic tables and licking ketchup off it. What did you think was going to happen? We had to ban it. 95% deet insect repellent is a specific product with specific properties for a specific purpose. If you are cutting wood in the swamp and it's WOXOF in mosquitoes the size of small eagles, well, nothing else works as well. BUT, some people were slathering their babies in it for church BBQs in the city. What did you think was going to happen? We had to ban it. Oil based paint is a specific product with specific properties for a specific purpose. I goes on the exterior of your house, barn and out buildings. It works great and lasts a long time. Nothing else works as well. BUT, some people insisted on buying it by the gallon for indoor projects. They would paint 2 shelves, make them selves sick with the fumes and flush most of it down the toilet. What did you think was going to happen? We had to ban it. Now, I could go on at some length but won't because you get what I'm saying. These examples are environmental in nature ... only to stay on topic, but there are lots more. If I suggested we should ban the carriage of moose meat on aircraft below 12.5 because people where loading full carcasses on Super Cubs and crashing into trees you would likely point to the lack of "common sense" as a contributing factor and recommend a "use as directed" approach to weight and balance.. And, I would agree. If we, as a species, can’t get pressure treated wood, mosquito repellant and paint right (without issuing nation wide product bans) what mechanism do you think will provoke the global effort required to limit growth and greenhouse emissions? How do you ban lumber in other countries (so to speak). I don’t see a global solution and, clearly, it needs to be global. Alas, we don’t even have a forum consensus that a problem even exists. OK, no more thread drift...sorry
  31. 2 points
    Jaydee, we tend to forget in his own little world things are rosy for everyone and everyone loves each other...... isn't that what he promised us? I am surprised he didn't include his religion in his shout out if his intent was to foster inclusiveness. https://www.catholic.com/tract/homosexuality
  32. 2 points
    Company Country Tons of CO2 HUANENG POWER INTERNATIONAL China 292,000,000 ESKOM South Africa 214,000,000 NTPC LTD India 182,000,000 CHINA HUADIAN GROUP CORP China 176,000,000 CHINA POWER INVESTMENT CORP China 173,000,000 SOUTHERN CO United States 172,000,000 AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER CO INC United States 169,000,000 E.ON AG Germany 144,000,000 NORTH CHINA GRID CO LTD China 123,000,000 RWE AG Germany 108,000,000 DATANG INTL POWER GEN CO China 108,000,000 DUKE ENERGY CORP United States 108,000,000 Climate pollution from producing oil sands oil is projected to hit 104 Mt CO2 by 2020
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    As soon as you take up arms against Canada you cease to be a citizen and have no standing under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, IMO.
  35. 2 points
    There are plenty of recent examples of similar behaviour from all generations, right up to the highest levels of "society".
  36. 2 points
    You could be right but there may be a different reason why this type of behaviour is on the increase and that is a change in our regard for others. Our daily news has numerous stories about abusive behaviour, road rage, swarming, knife attacks etc. that have nothing to do with "cheap fares" but rather a complete lack of regard for others. As early as 2014 concern was being raised about this type of behaviour. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2014/08/25/flight-etiquette-unruly-flier/14563699/
  37. 2 points
    Sums up the values of Liberals quote nicely.
  38. 2 points
    That would presume a diversion is risk free. While diversion may be low risk in domestic or continental airspace, especially if the diversion airport is served by your airline and type, that was not the case here. Even an air return to origin has its considerations. It is important to weigh risk, it is what we do. When I read the number of steps and resources the crew employed, it is hard for me to call their decision imprudent. There is another thread on this forum, the 787 diversion. Have a read there and consider the varying opinions of what was and was not prudent. Hard to win in the court of public opinion. Vs
  39. 2 points
    If I'm on a boat with no responsibility for passenger safety and I detect a constant vibration that is significant, I will assume it might impair the continued safe operation of the vessel and take all steps to mitigate. That necessarily includes deviation from my intended route to the nearest safe port. In my humble ( honest!) opinion, everything SEEMED to be okay on the flight as evidenced by instrumentation and feel except there was a loud and unexplained vibration. Prudence would suggest diversion.
  40. 2 points
    Seems like the Captain handled the situation quite well. In my experience, "policy" usually just adds an extra layer of BS which impedes my authority to make a safe & efficient decision based on the reality of the situation at that time. IMO, "policy" should be minimized so my hands aren't tied when $#|+ is hitting the fan.
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    ^Yeah, way to go Harjit, great shot.
  43. 2 points
    Then they should not have allowed anyone on the hill (including the indians)
  44. 2 points
    Do y'all remember Y2K? A lot of people made a lot of money telling us of the disaster that was going to happen when the year 2000 rolled around. Computers would stop working and the world as we knew it would come to an end. What happened when the clocks turned over - nothing. There is money to be made by climate alarmists and damn if they are not going to make it.
  45. 2 points
    Does this guy even think before he opens his mouth??? Always fun when he tries to be cerebral and strays away from his talking points...Gerry Butts must cringe!
  46. 2 points
    More Crap from our PM. Apparently he believes our country belongs more to immigrants than to those of us who's ancestors came here hundreds of years ago and made this country what it is today. June 30, 2017 8:22 am Updated: June 30, 2017 8:48 am Justin Trudeau ‘jealous’ of immigrants and families who chose Canada By Amy Minsky National Online Journalist Global NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a media availability at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 27, 2017" />; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a media availability at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Justin Tang/The Canadian PressWhat is this? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is “jealous” of immigrants to Canada and their families, who, he said, have more of a stake in the country than others. “Anytime I meet people who got to make the deliberate choice, whose parents chose Canada, I’m jealous,” he said in an interview that aired Friday morning on CTV. WATCH: Here are six different stereotypes about Canadians that are true “Because I think being able to choose it, rather than being Canadian by default, is an amazing statement of attachment to Canada.” The interview aired on the eve of the much-hyped Parliament Hill celebration for Canada Day, a date that has triggered some negative reactions. While many Canadians from coast to coast to coast are raising their red and white flags, cooling their beer and heating up their barbecues, some Indigenous groups are planning protests and ceremonial events to remind Canadians that for them, there is nothing to celebrate. READ MORE: Canada is 150 and still needs to face its racism problem: advocates The Canada 150 celebrations also come amid security concerns and heightened tensions and hate crimes targeted at some ethnic groups in particular. “I always sort of laugh when you see people who are – not many of them, but – intolerant or who think, ‘Go back to your own country,’” Trudeau said in the television interview. “No!” Trudeau continued. “You chose this country. This is your country more than it is for others because we take it for granted.” WATCH: Indigenous protesters erect teepee on Parliament Hill Across Canada, hate crime targeting Muslims more than tripled between 2012 and 2015, despite the overall number of such crimes decreasing over the same period, according to Statistics Canada data published earlier this month. During a stop in Prince Edward Island yesterday, Trudeau said he understands why they won’t be celebrating and that he wants them treated with respect. WATCH: New data on police-reported hate crimes in this country paint a disturbing picture. — With a file from the Canadian Press June 30, 2017 8:22 am Updated: June 30, 2017 8:48 am
  47. 2 points
    There's another aspect to the remaining time in flight. The crew in the moment would not necessarily have known the origin of the warnings and odd behaviour that resulted in their downgrade. I don't know whether this was a day or night event. They may or may not have seen or painted the weather into which they encountered the icing. If memory serves, that part of the world is a bit like the Caribbean and central America 'dry' cells. Given the degree of computerisation, information filtering and sensor reliance, even in a degraded mode, perhaps the crew was concerned that there were unknown aspects to their situation, so elected to wrap things up as soon as possible. FWIW Vs
  48. 2 points
    I have noticed on the 8 flights I was recently on to the East coast and Florida that there was significantly more turbulence at cruise than I remember. On several occasions the seatbelt sign was (rightfully) turned on several times during cruise. It would seem the atmosphere is fighting back.
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    I suspect the latter