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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 4 points
    If WOW goes belly up does it become MOM ?
  4. 3 points
    Well my post makes it #15 so perhaps we should get back to the "topic" of this thread...
  5. 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".....
  6. 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”
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 3 points
    Fear is a great short-term motivator, but long-term it creates resentment, dissension, and complacency.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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....
  15. 3 points
    https://www.earthhour.org/country/canada Remember to turn on all your lights at 8:30 PM local time tonight!
  16. 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.
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  19. 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 ...
  20. 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.
  21. 2 points
    So, I learned something today. I had to google what “HAGD” means.
  22. 2 points
    Okay, not the aircraft but the sim, sharp looking. https://twitter.com/rvr600/status/1118580015447384064
  23. 2 points
    Rebrand it the the 737-MEH. After all, it's just Meh....
  24. 2 points
    Still one of the best looking(+ theL1011) and nicest plane to fly.
  25. 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.
  26. 2 points
    Maybe that explains why I felt this one flew “funny” compared to the others in the fleet.
  27. 2 points
    I saw that article but didn't post it because I considered it too horrific, but on second thought it's probably good for it to be widely seen and condemned. I no longer even recognize the Liberal and Democratic parties; I'm ashamed to even admit I once supported them. They have morphed into a dangerous, evil and hateful cult. I now have greater respect for the Taliban. It's likely that even moderate pro-abortion folks are mortified. Would anyone care to defend his position (merely for the sake of argument) in case there is some mitigating factor I might have missed? I would be very hard pressed to play the devil's advocate here. I'm guessing that has views run contrary to the bulk of centre left voters who are abandoning the party in droves. How do they remain oblivious to this?
  28. 2 points
    Besides the recent spike in impaired driving inToronto recently, we still have issues like this: “A high-flying driver with a restricted licence was stopped for speeding on Highway 401 early Thursday morning. Leeds County Ontario Provincial Police clocked the eastbound driver at 172 km/h on the highway through the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. When the 20-year-old driver from North York was stopped, the OPP found she had a G1 licence, which, among other things, prohibits drivers from 400-series highways and from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. The woman had her car towed and impounded for seven days. She has been charged with stunt driving, driving on a prohibited highway and driving at an unlawful hour.” Time to start naming names....maybe that will have an effect! Her inexperience also will get her killed for another reason....wildlife. At this time of year, animals are starting to move around and at that speed at night, you won’t be able to avoid them. Maybe more people should see what a car looks like after it hits a deer. Seeing lots of beaver roadkill as well.
  29. 2 points
    Thank you Mr./Mrs./Ms Google The main purpose of an airliner is to move a lot of people a long distance, in acceptable (if not always the best possible) comfort, and do so in the most profitable way for the airline. A low-mounted wing does this particular job best in most cases. A mid-mounted wing’s main spars would intrude into the cabin, reducing the space available for passengers. A high-mounted wing would expose the passengers to a greater amount of engine noise, and require a more complicated undercarriage arrangement. It would also move the engines higher up off the ground making maintenance less straightforward. In some designs such drawbacks might be worthwhile for other benefits, such as the ability to allow for a much higher-lift slow speed wing, giving short take off and landing. That’s the case for the high-wing airliner BAe 146. High-wing transports like the C-141, C-17, C-130 and C-5 are not airliners, so the high wing is a better option for the roles they’re designed for. A big consideration there is the ability to operate from rough strips, so the higher engines reduce intake of dirt from the ground. Airliners always operate between paved airports. Cargo aircraft usually need a loading ramp for cargo, so having the fuselage slung under the wing makes that much more practical while keeping the engines up high.
  30. 2 points
    To quote Hollis Harris: "Head office might be a receptionist and a janitor.
  31. 2 points
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed a major gathering of the Canadian First Nations peoples. He spoke for about an hour about his plans for increasing their present standard of living across many areas in Canada. Thou very vague in detail with many ums ahs and ers ,he spoke about his ideas for helping his indigenous brothers and sisters. Afterwards the head Chiefs presented him with a nice hand made plaque inscribed with his newly given Native name of "Walking Goose" which he gratefully accepted with many pictures taken of this historic event. After Trudeau left, a news reporter asked the Chiefs how they came up with this new Native name for him. They explained to him that "Walking Goose" is a name given to a bird that is so full of **bleep** that it can no longer fly!!!!
  32. 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.
  33. 2 points
    Yes, some posts are biased according to the beliefs of the poster and some linked articles are biased too but I was responding specifically to the bit - " Perhaps then every one would understand how they are being manipulated by the few to gain control." I don't feel like anyone is manipulating me to gain control (here on the forum) so maybe that means I'm the one doing the manipulating - although that doesn't feel right either.
  34. 2 points
    This is what inciting hysterical insanity gets you.... fun to hear the repetitious talking points now, like FOX is an echo, echo, echo, echo chamber. Hark, from whence comes that echo? https://video.foxnews.com/v/6027817937001/#sp=show-clips
  35. 2 points
    Bull crap, I say. Do you really truly think a one or two year fluctuation is the result of "climate change"? I've had it with this "sky is falling" narrative being brain-washed into our younger generation and being readily accepted by our scientific illiterate older generation.
  36. 2 points
    Great synopsis from Rex Murphy. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-trudeau-damned-rachel-notley-and-gave-jason-kenney-generous-outside-help/amp Love this part... “A fourth reason for Kenney’s success, and this one threads the other three, was the “fire in the hole” of his campaign — that “Alberta will no longer be passive” in the face of the calumnies remorselessly hurled at the province’s industry by the Green machine’s propaganda arm, professional activists, California-Canadians (Neil Young), drive-by supermodel-addicts (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the ever-useless and cloying Bill Nye. In my experience nothing more has depressed the general morale of many in Alberta than every holier-than-everybody-else Green peddler’s bleating to the world about Fort McMurray’s sins against the planet, and the daily slanders from the pulpits of the grand imperial church of global warming.”
  37. 2 points
    Gosh, I don't know what's acceptable anymore conehead. We are in a period of great flux. As my brother, an electrical engineer, says with a smile, "That's the wonderful thing about standards: there are so many to choose from." To me anyway, the Boeing manuals I have experience with are thin on information. The details of what a control or indicator actually does and how it works are absent. I think there is less than even pilot-NTK information but that's just my view. I know the reasons, one of which Boeing itself stated recently with regard to MCAS. So, for the 250 turns, I have two sources...one was a PPRuNe post on the Ethiopian thread, and the other was a site where someone was building their own flight-simulator and made the statement regarding "250 turns". Kip's mental filing cabinet may very well be functioning perfectly! One way or another, people will find things out, fill stuff in or, these days it seems to me, with increasing legitimacy, just make up the information they want or need. It's always best that original, formal sources, (the manufacturers, the regulator, etc.), share as much as they can when working in high-risk enterprises. Otherwise, trust in information, (and resulting behaviours) become an issue as we "choose" our standard then claim we've met it. Not a good way to do aviation, in my opinion.
  38. 2 points
    The grounding of the MAX is a reality. AC is significantly affected. CR has an obligation to manage the company through the crisis. The MAX customer perception issue will not likely be fully erased with the return to service, whenever that may be. Planning, contingency planning, and response planning are all part of strategic planning. Nobody wanted an accident or would seek to benefit from one. But the MAX situation will impact different operators in different ways. Each operator will have to formulate its own response.
  39. 2 points
    The only thing more regular than WestJet's April fools video is the usual round of complaining about it.
  40. 2 points
    He has been a very good CEO. Transforming AC into a business that can hold its own against the likes of WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat was quite a feat. I like him personally, too. He’s kind of quiet but determined, and he communicates well with employees. I give him big credit for saving the DB pension plans.
  41. 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.
  42. 2 points
    “If you are a multi-engine private pilot and planning to trave,l you need to call the reservations number of the airline – tell them you are a qualified private pilot willing to take right seat duties - your ticket will be issued at no charge” And if you tell them that you stayed in a Holiday Inn Express the previous night, you get the left seat! No duff!
  43. 2 points
    Mayday Mayday Mayday was/is absolutely the correct call here. Obviously handled very professionally. If I were to critique, it would be over how the fuel onboard was reported. The first call said "5000 tonnes" (obviously incorrect), which when later was asked to be clarified by the tower, the other voice replied "5.1"......(5.1 what?) Fun being the armchair QB. Great job by the crew!
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  46. 2 points
    Looking at my 767 manual for the -200 it has a split system in the event of a Jam. 25 pounds is all thats required to split the columns
  47. 2 points
  48. 2 points
    ‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2019, ‏‎31 minutes ago Wilson-Raybould to provide emails, texts and written statement on SNC-Lavalin affair ‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2019, ‏‎31 minutes ago | CBC News Jody Wilson-Raybould says she will provide a written statement and copies of text messages and emails to the Commons justice committee that shut down its probe into the SNC-Lavalin affair.
  49. 2 points
    Regarding AOA and who has what feature. I find the press coverage interesting. Air Canada has a more comprehensive installation, yet the press articles start with 'Air Canada and Westjet' and downplay the role of the AOA indication. I have to wonder, if the situation was reversed, would we see, 'Air Canada lacks important safety component'? And nothing from Sunwing. Hmm. IMO the AOA indication's value depends a bit on the aircraft envelope. The Citation I flew a million years ago had it, and it was a straight wing aircraft. Far from being a distraction, I found it provided a great immediate reference in a number of situations. For the MAX, the AOA location just becomes one more scan item. The pilots I have spoken with about it have no issues and are generally happy it's there. Given what we now know about the link between AOA and unexpected aircraft behaviour, just having an 'AOA disagree' without an immediate visual indication of which AOA is saying what, that creates a period of confusion as to whether the failure is on the low side or the high. Finally, the AOA indication is not going to be a distraction during an MCAS firing. What it IS going to do is warn the pilots of an impending problem while they are still configured (flaps not yet retracted) so they can decide on a mitigation up front (leave the flaps out for a bit perhaps, so delay acceleration, get some altitude or stay configured and return, etc). AOA indications are a good thing. The customers who shelled out on their own to install them should get a credit from Boeing when the rest of the world gets them for free. Finally, as soon as Boeing and the regulators start rolling out the fix, the grounding should shift from total airspace bans to unmodified aircraft and crew. If we don't recognise investment in additional layers of safety, that investment will not continue, human nature being what it is. The reasons for this grounding are ample proof of that sad fact. All just my opinion. Vs
  50. 2 points
    For all of MSNBC’s flaws, and there are many, at least Democrats are not played for fools by that far-left outlet. Unlike CNN, which insults its audience with its laughable pose as objective, MSNBC makes no secret of its left-wing biases.