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  1. 5 points
    Who really cares what anyone from Westjet thinks about Air Canada or what anyone at Air Canada thinks about Westjet. At the end of the day, is your life so shallow that your identity rests solely on who your employer is? I have been in this business for 31 years and I have yet to see any difference between a CAIL, AC, AT, WJ etc employee. It seems we all just want a decent way to earn a living, spend time with family and friends and fly our airplanes (the last time I looked both Westjet and Air Canada’s airplanes had two engines, a tail, two wings and went to some pretty decent places.)
  2. 5 points
    I was sitting in my car at Walmart the other day, watching this woman, who apparently forgot where she parked. She kept putting her remote in the air and every time she squeezed it …I honked my horn.
  3. 4 points
    ... and there it is. The first slam at a group of hard working people who are just like the rest of us. They go to work each day and do their best to serve the customers. We should be better than this. Like it or not, we're all small puppets in someone else's sideshow. IMHO we should try to remember that and keep it civil.
  4. 4 points
    If WOW goes belly up does it become MOM ?
  5. 3 points
    I’m always amused how turbulence is blamed for injuries when in reality not wearing a seatbelt is really the culprit. In another article on this incident I read that most of the injured were in “first class” and I wonder how many people buckle up when fully reclined.
  6. 3 points
    How did they find a Japanese hotel room with enough extra space to add a simulator?
  7. 3 points
    Wasn’t on this airplane long but what a great machine......Nordair had them configured for long range ice patrol .. 8-10 hours was no problem...with fuselage tanks installed, we carried around 65000 lbs of gas!!!!!! Alternates were never a problem. We could go anywhere. Yes, we flew in the Arctic but with this airplane, it wasn’t exactly bush flying. And with those props, stopping wasn’t an issue either. I remember landing on a dicey runway once and tower asked “How was the braking??” . As we were parking, the captain smiled and said “I’ll tell him when I use ‘em!!”. (Didn’t want to hijack the dash thread so I started this one...maybe we could start a thread for neat aircraft).
  8. 3 points
    it was just over 1% of their flights over 2 days. DEFINITELY NOT "MOST"
  9. 3 points
    Oh, did they order pizza? My mistake, it wasn't reported in the story... Facts? Weather is certainly a fact. Time on aircraft, and being restricted from getting off is reported in the story. Is it fake news? No air conditioning, again reported in the story by eye witnesses, and evidenced by heat stroke in an FA taken to hospital. Was that fake news too? As you say, APUs are pretty effective at cooling the cabin, so didn't sound like they turned it on, was it broken? Maybe... but if that's the case why are you leaving 100 or 150 people on your aircraft for hours during a heat wave? My comment stands... What's the Captain doing here? People should no be restricted to remaining on a hot aircraft for that length of time. It's our responsibility to hold boarding, or deplane the aircraft when it subjects passengers to dangerous conditions like this. Is that chucking **bleep**?
  10. 3 points
    I see you folks are still at it; I just tuned in for a quick visit. Caliburn is a logistic service provider under contract to the US government and DOD, they have provided logistic support in other venues as well, Afghanistan comes to mind. Frankly, I know nothing about the logistics involved at the southern border frontier and I suspect that is also true of most others. But consider what’s involved here and the cost of making “big things work”: who owns the pre-fab buildings and BATS, who transported them to the site and set them up; it be hot outside and 24/7 air conditioning is required, who owns and maintains the A/C; they draw a lot of power, who owns and maintains that fleet of tractor trailer sized generators on site; who provides the cook tent, the equipment, the food, the cooks, the cleaning staff and the army of technicians required to keep it all running; who will be dismantling all of it when the operation is over; and who will do the cleanup work and pay for the storage while awaiting the next call for logistic support. In short, if you want to maintain portable, functioning facilities in isolated, desert environments, it comes at a cost. Not convinced? Cool, try out that hotel thing whilst keeping detainees in close custody then…. let me know how it works out for ya. And here’s a few fun facts for those screaming Trump and racist in the same breath. The Obama administration deported about 385,000 illegals a year. It was a high of 410,000 and a low of 282,000. The Trump administration deported 226,000 in 2017 and 250,000 in 2018. Perspective is everything, I don’t pretend to know what’s actually going on at the border frontier and I don’t even know if the numbers presented (above from the internet) are true and accurate. It doesn’t even matter…. I know that partisan views in support of political narratives mean that useful debate is impossible and meaningless. I also know that the lack of reasonable debate prevents good outcomes and the lack of good outcomes hurts vulnerable people. Using vulnerable people as political pawns in support of political agendas is even worse, it stands as my personal definition of racism and cowardice. If these are concentration camps, it qualifies as a crime against humanity and Congress is culpable in it big time by withholding funds. If Canadian politicians have confessed to past and ongoing genocide they should be arrested and tried for the same crime. Genocide is not just a crime, it is the “crime of crimes.” How is it then, that when faced with situations like Rwanda and the plight of the Rohingya people these same people fall silent and fail (utterly, completely and miserably) to act? Remember when Al Gore and his SS detail where subjected to enhanced airport screening and it was all over the news? I’m willing to bet my life that a Vice President and his CPP detail are not a danger to the safety of the aircraft and pax. In similar fashion, and for all his faults, I’m willing to bet Andrew Scheer is not a white supremacist; theres that perspective again. How did people who sell themselves as tolerant lose all sense of civility? Are we collectively better off now that people (dare I say like me) no longer even bother to discuss these issues out of a sense of futility? You might think there is no political centre anymore but it will be there on election day, not to vote for what it wants, not to support the values it holds dear, but only to hold its nose and prevent lunacy from winning. I have largely withdrawn from social media of all types so my visits here will, at best, be sporadic…. so fire away, I won’t be responding. When pollsters call my house I now give them the exact opposite of what I know (or believe) to be true and I bet I sound like a raving liberal fresh out of university; I’ll be there on election day too, I wonder if the polls will get it all right this time…. I bet they don’t.
  11. 3 points
    I think that the notion of a "hero" is a characterisation which both men avoid - Sully has observed that he and his crew "did their job". Sully has used his fame for two things - to draw attention to aviation matters which really do require the attention of a distracted government and public, (read his presentation to the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation) in April 2015), and to supplement his ~$45k/year pension when US Airways terminated their pilots' pension plan in March 2003, (through a process that is illegal in Canada but commonly used to "restructure" a business in the U.S.). We see him again using his name & fame to advance aviation safety and not pulling punches with regard to Boeing and their MAX. Sully, (and Pearson) are true heroes in the mythological sense - they have "been to places" which very few go to and have returned "alive and victorious" to "tell the story which becomes cultural legend", (Joseph Campbell, The Hero's Journey, The Power of Myth). I think Sully believes that, (perhaps at one time, maybe not now...?), that any airline pilot could have/would have, within a narrow band of individual performance, done the same thing with the same outcome.
  12. 3 points
    Fun to fly but that approach and landing wasn’t airshow worthy. Boeing doesn’t need anymore help with aircraft sales. 1. Overshot the turn to final. 2. Touched down hard off the the centerline 3. Excessive braking only to power up again exiting. Other than that it was perfect.
  13. 3 points
    Didn't you have Alcock as an instructor at some point or other Kip?
  14. 3 points
    I don’t think anyone is against immigration if it’s done legally. That being said, I believe immigration entirely from one place in the world strictly for political purposes will only harm the country in the long run.
  15. 3 points
    I gather that MD2 has left Porter and got hired on at Westjet?
  16. 3 points
    Well my post makes it #15 so perhaps we should get back to the "topic" of this thread...
  17. 3 points
    Our band was becoming popular back when the earth was cooling.....we sent a tape to Decca Records in NY....tape .returned with a comment that stated "seeing you are not members of the American Musicians Union, we have not listened to your tape...good luck" So we sent the tape to Liberty Records in California.... We got a reply back that they would like our band to come to California and hear us play. They would give us free studio time but ALL other expenses were up to us.... None of us had much money so expenses were going to be the big issue but...........that telegram arrived about a week before we all graduated from High School and we .had all made plans to go in other directions seeing we did not expect to hear from Liberty. The band split except the lead singer and he ventured into the US and started a group called "Steve and the Windmen"....which fizzled out after about a year. Steve pressed on and at our 50 year High School Grad Reunion we found out that Steve had ended up as a musical cast member in a kids TV show. I carried that "Liberty Records" telegram around until it turned into confetti about 5 years later..... And yeh, I was the drummer...thanks for all the above posted "accolades".....
  18. 3 points
    A teenager gets a bass guitar and a month of lessons for his birthday After he comes home from his first lesson, his mother asks: “What did you learn in your first lesson?” “I learned all the notes on the E string!” The next week he comes home and mom asks: “What did you learn this week?” “I learned all the notes on the A string!”> After the third week the son returns home rather late and his mother asks again: “What did you learn this week?” “I couldn’t make it, I had a gig”
  19. 3 points
    There is all the flooding going on in Ontario and Quebec, 2000 members of the military called out, mayors and politicians screaming for volunteers to come and help sandbag. We have thousands of asylum seekers being housed, clothed and fed at our expense, why aren't they being "volunteered" to help? Don't need language skills or any other skill set, just pick up a shovel.
  20. 3 points
    ...since I posted this on AEF. I hope you will indulge me and accept the fact that as we move through life, there are things we can do to ensure our health remains as one of our priority's, not only for oneself but also for the sake of one's family and friends..... June 2011 I had plans to make this entry an intriguing and exciting post …but common sense prevailed so here it is…………. in simple plain language…….. When I was 16 I had my appendix out…so long ago, who can remember? In my early 50’s I had laproscoptomy surgery to remove my gallbladder, a large stone was discovered during a chest X-Ray and it was thought that seeing I was a pilot, it should be removed. It was removed on a Friday, I went home on Sunday, was working my snow blower on Monday and back flying on Tuesday.(Airline MO was not happy about that sequence when he found out about it 4 months later during my semi annual medical) So here we are in 2011 The month of May was what I would call rather “blaaaaah”. I was not feeling that great, seemed tired every few days. This was the month when I prepped the boat for our summer…seemed possible I was just getting a bit older…yeah that had to be it. Finally Scuba02 hounded me so much that at the end of May I went to see our GP…..Full blood test required….result …extremely low severe anemia…loosing blood somewhere…..WHAT !!!!!??? GP said I would need to be scoped from top to bottom ASAP in the mean time Iron pills… pronto. Scoped top to bottom on 26 June…result, as I awoke from what is called “twilight anesthesia” was The doctor by the bed , shoulder to shoulder with Scuba 02 and his first words were” You have cancer in your colon and it has to come out “ What?, Who is he talking to?, I twisted my head to see if there was someone beside me , no one there……....I looked back and saw Scuba02’s eyes filling and I knew I was the intended recipient of his comments. Long story short, because someone I didn’t personally know, but knew me, I was hustled through the red tape, underwent all the required protocol and was in surgery in a minimum amount of time. Prior to surgery I had 3 major concerns….. 1) had the cancer spread outside the colon ? 2) would I require a colostomy bag attachment? 3) how successful would the operation be ? Scuba02 and I devised a signal that would be relayed to me when I was wheeled out of recovery that would indicate that ALL was well because if any of you have had surgery you know damned well that when you open your eyes you can talk but initially you will be damned if you can remember what you said or heard…visual clues , however do remain with one's mind. I remember being wheeled out and seeing Scuba02 by the bed with her forefinger on her thumb….the perfect circle……..the international scuba signal that everything was OK !!!!! Relief.!!!! So here I sit, after 5 days in hospital with about 34 staples in a line from below my breastbone to just below the naval and the next item is to have them removed in 7 days. What is you point Kip………? Very simple…….don’t fool yourself into thinking “it will never happen to me”. As far as I know I have no history of cancer in my family..(I never have known who my birth father is…...I was adopted) so once again I became a “first” in our family, but not an envious “first” in this case. When to have that first colonoscopy ?? That is a real dilemma but “generally it is accepted that starting at age 50 one should endure the procedure every 10 years. Family member with cancer….then every 3 or 5 years. Cancer is insidious and there is no data that indicates a fixed progression of growth. The colonscopy procedure.. For a fact it is less painful that having a small filling of a tooth NO, it is not the Canada Arm being rammed up your rectum by a team of high kicking draw mules. In a nutshell…one takes a oral laxative the day before, and the next day one gets a little IV drip, and one gets a “twi-light/light switch type” anesthetic,, ( some Doctors make the anesthetic optional...my proctologist asked if I wanted to watch the procedure on the monitor........I told him , "No......, perhaps I'll pick up the DVD at a later date"), 10 minutes later one wakes up, hears the verdict and gets a lift home….(no driving for 24 hours). PS……..If for some reason your doctor does not want to use an anesthetic, you have the right to request an anesthesiologist to attend…...I know I would have. The end…. If this post causes just one individual to reconsider their thinking about the colonoscopy procedure, it will have been worth the use of all this band width. If you have any questions about my entire episode please feel free to PM me And lastly, if you are as lucky to have a woman as steadfast and true as my Scuba02, no matter what happens…you will make it. ADDED today....2019.... I hounded my three kids so much that they each finally had a colonoscopy just to get me to shut up...but I do know they were relieved to know they checked out as negative...... and they will be called back in 5 years.
  21. 3 points
    Fear is a great short-term motivator, but long-term it creates resentment, dissension, and complacency.
  22. 3 points
    Further to the above, when you engage in patently false claims to support a false narrative even your supporters are inclined to see through it because the lie needs to be expanded every time it's challenged. Not only that, you need to either ignore or downplay actual events that clearly run contrary to the stated position and at some point, as was the case in the gun control debate, your over played hand is on full display. Since most people don't get to see this stuff first hand, a little research is required. Have a look at the persecution of Christians (across the board) and tell me why it is so grossly under reported and ignored. Initial reports from Sri Lanka all referred to the victims as "worshippers" until they were called on it. They couldn't even say the word Christian. Yes, people actually noticed that. In the meantime though, here is an example of the dangers inherent with false claims to support false narratives, you never know when that traitorous Easter Bunny will see through your position and start the next question with "wait a minute now": When the Easter Bunny doesn't believe you it's a potential problem, especially in an election year. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-trudeau-plays-politics-on-terrorism-again
  23. 3 points
    It's statements like that which cause reasonable people's eyes to glaze over. Do you really think anyone believes that any Conservative government anywhere is actually dedicated to making the population dumber or that it deliberately manipulates the eduction system to achieve that end? If the road is in poor condition in my riding (Liberal BTW) am I then to conclude that Liberals want more accidents and fatalities on the highway? No one really believes that sheer is a white suprematist regardless of how many times JT screams it. They don't believe he is a Nazi either and making those statements only minimizes the evil effects those ideologies have perpetrated and insults the intelligence of reasonable people. Moving forward, Liberals and Democrats had better start thinking about how reasonable people view their antics.... time is short. As a former Liberal, I see it as over the top, self destructive and thus, bordering on idiotic. At a minimum, it is a huge insult and disservice to anyone who has ever been victimized by white suprematist or Nazi atrocities. Minimizing these things in a flippant manner for obvious and craven political ends will serve them poorly in the long run IMO. Where have reasonable, moderate, compassionate Liberals gone? Find me one and I'll vote for it. If the only reason your cabinet is 50% women is because it's 2015 then STOP. If the best people available are all women and 100% of the cabinet are women as a result, you will get no argument from me.
  24. 3 points
    This is a big part of the problem and explains how we got to this point IMO. Listen to any of the questions posed at one of those town hall meetings and the underlaying premise is always "what are you going to do for me?" It's never about what is good for the country. Ironically, what is good for the country is usually good for you but people don't see it that way. In the age of identity politics, what is good for you as an individual likely differs from what is good for your neighbour. Hence polarization. And the real kicker here is that identity politics invariably boil down to sovereignty of the individual anyway; you can divide any group identity in a thousand ways. Then there is the inevitable 1% discussion that always arises at election time.... tax the 1%. I've been hearing this since about grade 6 and it hasn't happened yet, might be time to move on. There will always be a 1%, Price's law is governing here and attempts to thwart it have historically been monumental failures. How many times do I have to hear tax the rich or cut the fat tied to some crazy scheme that is going to be expensive. Liberals are all over this until they discover that they are the fat rich ones. I believe none of it now, never again will I fall for strident chants in support of Liberal values. The whole open borders thing is stupidity in 3D. We can't even handle a few refugees in a sanctuary city without giving up with a whimper and drying our tears with an omnibus bill.... that's the critter JT swore never to use as I recall. Meanwhile in California, arguably the most basic, easiest and cheapest aspect of sanctuary city responsibilities has literally turned to crap.... what makes the Democrats so dangerous is that they want even more of what they already have too much of.... it's like an addiction and they will need to hit rock bottom before they entertain the notion of rehab: https://www.foxnews.com/us/san-francisco-sees-brownout-amid-spike-in-public-pooping-reports-say
  25. 3 points
    This is what I've been trying to say. This statement is right out of the Max and NG flight crew training manuals "Excessive air loads on the stabilizer may require effort by both pilots to correct the mis-trim. In extreme cases it may be necessary to aerodynamically relieve the air loads to allow manual trimming. Accelerate or decelerate towards the in-trim speed while attempting to trim manually." Several years ago on the NG there was a requirement to trim the stabilizer full nose down prior to deicing to ensure the fluid was drained. In order to accomplish this the electric trim was used to its limit - which is not full nose down - the cutout switches were then moved to cutout and the remaining trim travel was done manually. From that experience I can tell you that holding a mis-trimmed elevator control back while trying to lean forward and operate a very stubborn crank would be no easy task! It is possible they were not successful trimming manually and flipped the switches back on. According to what we've been reading opposite trim inputs with the thumb switches should revers the MCAS inputs. Perhaps they ran out of time? MCAS, or any other runaway trim condition needs an immediate response or the possibility exists of it becoming unrecoverable IMHO
  26. 3 points
    A colleague and myself actually mused the other day of the idea of moving Sunwing passengers from a brand new, sophisticated, state of the art Boeing 737MAX to a bunch of clapped out B767 operators out of Miami all in the abundance of safety. In my humble opinion....
  27. 3 points
    https://www.earthhour.org/country/canada Remember to turn on all your lights at 8:30 PM local time tonight!
  28. 3 points
    Well done AC crew. Sounds like an appropriate use of a Mayday call to me. No BS, get the CFR rolling, get priority, land the plane.
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
    Hi Vs, all valid points & questions. The AMM shows that there are indexing pins for the -400 installation and I have to believe that the same applies to all Boeings, as would the testing processes after installation. Interestingly, the test involves moving the vane to the -20 & 20 degree position to measure electrical output, so the I believe the max readings are +/-20deg and that's where JT610's left sensor was reading ...
  32. 3 points
    If trimming with the pickle switches stops/helps/impedes the problem why all the focus on trying to find the appropriate checklist (Lionair) With proper training and experience I think most pilots would lean toward a stabilizer problem. No question that having multiple systems barking at you can muddy your focus, but you still have ground speed/power settings/artificial horizon, and in both of these incidents a visual horizon. There is a faulty system on the Boeing that needs a remedy, but the larger issue appears to be basic piloting ability. Systems do fail, we've all been grilled in the sim - fly the airplane first.
  33. 3 points
    My neighbor, while stationed in Colorado Springs was a Spectre Gunship Commander (C-130) in Vietnam.....said he could put 50 rounds through your bathroom window from 10, 000 feet. He was a retired L/Col USAF and his hobby was repairing worn washers and dryers. He would have 6-8 machines on his driveway every day tearing them apart and rebuilding them. He took mine and gave me a pair of refurbished machines.......the next day he was over and asked if the next time I flew to Canada if I could bring him back a set of those screwdrivers that fit those damned square holed screws
  34. 3 points
    Another lighter moment, taking a poke at a fave...
  35. 2 points
    Seriously. If you are that concerned about the cleanliness of an aircraft. Stay home.
  36. 2 points
    I’ll take the L188 for that job.
  37. 2 points
    ... by Chris and Dave Hadfield. Pretty good!
  38. 2 points
    “The project, says Brulle, is the first part of three: in the future he'll turn a similar eye to the climate movement and to the environmental movement. But for now, the focus is on the deniers.“ I’ll be waiting for you to post these reports,Deicer. There will be just as many billions bankrolled, just as much obfuscation and ulterior motives.
  39. 2 points
    Okay, not the aircraft but the sim, sharp looking. https://twitter.com/rvr600/status/1118580015447384064
  40. 2 points
    Dating Rules For Pilots https://aviationhumor.net/dating-rules-for-pilots-explained-with-memes/ The first rule you need to know is that women are complex! For some unknown reason, they like pilots! But for us, this is still simpler to understand than a woman! But before we proceed any further, you need to take this test! Now, this is probably what every pilot wants! Because we are probably crazy in the eyes of other people. If you want to have a perfect relationship, follow this… But be carefull not to get in this situation below. Girls usually think this is enough to show their interest in us. But unfortunatly it is not. Granted, our job is not easy, but if we could pilot a Concorde, women shouldn’t be a problem. Right? I hope so… There are some important differences between men and women Short version below! We feel obligated to let you know this! Courtesy is never out of style! We wouldn’t recommend speed dating, it turns out like this every time! Believe us, we tried! If you get to the second date… … you will probably take her up. But try to pay attention and think before you speak! There isn’t a rule about this! This will happen to you, you can’t avoid it. But if you pass this obstacle, there will probably be a wedding. And finally, one day you will get in trouble for no apparent reason.
  41. 2 points
    Deicer, don’t say this often, but I agree 100%..... maybe Trudeau and climate Barbie could get around to tweeting Brazil and Malaysia about the eco effects of deforestation instead of lecturing the elites at Davos.
  42. 2 points
    There is a high school, 2 middle schools and 3 elementary schools in the neighbourhood, so I see the zombies walking by with phone in hand every day.
  43. 2 points
    I have been saying this for years. Kill 2 birds with one stone. Build efficient incinerators like Sweden. Direct about 99% of your trash to the incinerators and use them to create electricity. That is about the best renewable energy money can buy because we will never stop creating trash. This will reduce groundwater pollution from Landfill sites as well as other environmental factors. This is not rocket science.
  44. 2 points
    Was thinking of a different Flying V. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_Flying_V
  45. 2 points
    60 Minutes Australia - Boeing 737 MAX - Fatal Flaw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFKk8iI4taI On a subject that 60 Minutes USA is not likely to show.
  46. 2 points
    Maybe that explains why I felt this one flew “funny” compared to the others in the fleet.
  47. 2 points
    If you are suggesting that he is I think you are part of the very problem you seem to oppose. If there is evidence bring it forward, the entire notion of exaggerated claims, manufactured evidence and false convictions (as a result) is exactly what we are talking about here. Really, because he didn't condemn it, he is favour of it? By that logic, since AOC has not condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka as she did in New Zealand, are we to conclude that she hates Christians and approves of the massacre. Since Canadian Muslims have not been condemning this in a big way are we to assume they approve? Yes indeed, I can do this all day and make it progressively more silly as I go along. If silence is deemed "cowardly" how much more so is a snippet of truth woven into a tapestry of lies in support of a narrative. There is a big difference between this and bias. Bias is partiality and favouritism.... the current level of lies, name calling and fabricated news bites is something all together different. As far as I know, JT has not condemned the practice of playing bagpipes in kayaks.... does that make him culpable in boating accidents where bagpipes are deemed to be a cause factor? In actual fact though, pipers are more likely to be shot by a neighbour..... I don't recall hearing him condemn that either. Maybe he hates pipe bands too. Canadians of Scottish descent are outraged.
  48. 2 points
    That must be true, every time deicer posts something I ignore it.
  49. 2 points
    H2O is the single largest green house gas in the atmosphere but there is ZERO they can do about that so they o to the next most common one and make it an issue. You want to remove more CO2 from the atmosphere? PLANT MORE TREES DUMBASS.
  50. 2 points
    From what I've heard, this would be the first time the words "Eastern" and "handling logistics" have appeared in the same sentence.