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  1. 8 points
    The initial actions for a power loss/engine failure in the Tutor is "Zoom, idle, air start". We were always taught that if this happened on take off and if the engine did not stabilize/re-light before the apex of the zoom manoeuvre, EJECT, EJECT, EJECT. There was no consideration given to landing straight ahead unless there was sufficient runway remaining, and it was specifically emphasized that NO consideration should be given to where the jet would end up after it was jettisoned. That would just eat up time you didn't have. It has been proven time and again that the odds of surviving a low-altitude & nose-low ejection is very slim. Ejection seats are certainly life savers, but they aren't miracle workers. Even a 0/0 seat can't overcome downwards inertia + the acceleration of gravity at low level. As I posted elsewhere, my heart goes out to the Snowbirds and their families. What a shitty thing to happen to a superb group of people trying to do a nice thing for our country.
  2. 6 points
    I’m not defending Trump or his policies, but at least the Potus has open access by the press...he may answer, he may ignore them, he may tell the to F off, but at least he has the guts to be in front of journalists and take unscripted, unfiltered questions. Our guy??? Not a F@$*ing chance!
  3. 6 points
    Maybe I'm in a sour mood.. Nurses deserve credit, 100%. But so too do the doctors and janitors at hospitals; firefighters, police officers, and paramedics attending emergencies; customer service agents at grocery stores, liquor stores, gas stations; flight crews; and anyone else who has to be "exposed" to the general public. These aren't heroes these are people doing their jobs because they have to while some people don't. Nurses deserve a lot of credit I just don't want to diminish the contributions of a lot of other people in society right now.
  4. 6 points
    Dr. Fauci has unblemished integrity and remains the only trustworthy source for information regarding this virus and its behaviour. He states that testing and contact-tracing are the only ways to open any economy safely. Being a flight-data specialist I would fully agree with such a statement - you can't conduct as safe an operation as possible if you don't know what your aircraft are doing on a flight-by-flight basis, period. Where/when the rubber meets the road, it is data, not opinions that keep people safe in high-risk enterprises. Given strict adherence to CDC guidelines, if the present U.S. administration permits the country see them, the economy can probably be safely opened slightly earlier but that is a political-economic question, not a health question. There are almost certainly correct answers for both questions even when posed at the same time. Deft governance, honesty such as that exhibited by British Columbia's Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonny Henry for example, and empathy accompanied by meaningful financial support for those who are rapidly loosing their livelihoods or professions is required. The Covid-19 virus is not under control in the United States. The border should not be opened until it is, designated essential travel excepted. Great progress has been made in the U.S. and we all know that opening too soon and believing its all over will simply return us to February or March.
  5. 4 points
    I'm so glad that this probably means that there isn't a mechanic wondering if he/she missed something.
  6. 4 points
  7. 4 points
    Rubbish. This Team is the spirit of Canada seen by Canadians from coast to coast to coast.( I ask for some to forgive my piggy-boarding about CBC Radio 1 being a similar, binding Canadianism from coast to coast to coast.) Captain Casey - my deepest condolences to your family, your team and your friends for your sacrifice; Captain MacDougall, godspeed to a full recovery and heartfelt thanks for steering your ailing bird away you best you could away from harm's way on the ground. Your latest ejection seems proof of that heroic deed.
  8. 4 points
    The primary pilot trainer years ago was the versatile "Chipmunk" but was coming to the end of its life. A replacement was required and we bought the " Musketeer". The cost included a two color choice.......White/blue trim... or Blue /white trim. An BOD8D pilot who probably had not flown since hey was awarded his wings was told to make a final color decision. Since he went through pilot training during the time the earth was cooling, he had flown the YELLOW Chipmunk and the YELLOW Harvard, and thus he felt YELLOW should be the color of the new acquisition. One of his arguments was that if one crashed it would be easy to find due to its color and a lengthy search and rescue mission could be avoided. No one mentioned that a training load of fuel would amount to about two hours of flying in MFA, (Restricted Military Flying Area ), and that if the plane went down in that area it would be very simple to find it in a restricted and relatively small area. The cost of going for the two colors, at no cos,t to YELLOW was apparently close to $3000.00 per aircraft..... The Tutor was another story.....If DND wanted the plumbing for extra fuel tanks, it would add $800.00 per aircraft. Someone who had done basic jet training insisted DND could save the cost because the Tudors would only be flying in the YMJ or YGM MFA. The majority of the initial Tutors were purchased sans the plumbing....BUT....someone said, "how do we teach long range navigation " when we are supposed to do Transcon exercises but will have to stop 3 or 4 times a day for fuel? So the plumbing was retrofitted during a major refit to many of the aircraft at a cost of over $8000.00 per aircraft. The problem with DND is/was that the operators, those at the tip of the spear, normally have little to say about any replacement aircraft DND buys. Those that make the decisions are all from ":a way back then" and, as we all know, aviation is a fluid industry and the guys/gals that really know what is going on and know what would be desirable in the new birds have little, if any, input. Then there was the bi-fold door I was personally responsible for ........but that story, I believe , has already been posted.
  9. 4 points
    You haven't noticed this? It came in the same Liberal box labeled law abiding, daily vetted gun owners being compared to a pyromaniac serial killer, wife abusing, police impersonator with illegal weapons, illegally acquired, illegally used, illegally transported, illegally discharged.... all by a person in illegal possession of the things in the first place. I bet he died of smoking... Better yet, I'll settle for someone explaining how AR15s fit into the hereditary rights of aboriginal hunters... Dumb grunt needs liberal assistance, please help!
  10. 4 points
    We're doing all of those things, especially here in BC. But when I talk to a person who did all of them too and yet got infected during one visit to a grocery store (while wearing a mask and gloves), I know this enemy doesn't fight fair. A pilot I knew is dead. Got it on a layover while trying to do the right thing. When America sneezes, Canada gets a cold. When you take out the recent decline in NY state, the rest of the country is still seeing a marked increase in cases, heck it's even inside the White House. I now have zero confidence in that country's ability to get control of the situation. They're thinking with their wallets and gambling with lives to win an election. By opening many areas too soon, their second wave is inevitable and it could make the first one look like gentle foreplay. Open the border too soon and we're the ones who'll be getting screwed. Especially those workers who will be directly exposed. All IMHO of course.
  11. 3 points
    Sure, they could call it the 767MAX.
  12. 3 points
    1. the industry is fiercely competitive because passengers want the lowest price and will jump from carrier to carrier to achieve that. Passengers did cause the pricing crisis and for some reason think when they purchase a "Non refundable ticket" they should somehow be able to get a refund.
  13. 3 points
    “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” ― Marcus Aurelius
  14. 3 points
    re: our hard working MPs spending a socially distanced paddle on the Rideau Canal......considering the current government has a anti-oil agenda.....nice to see they are floating in plastic kayaks courtesy of the petrochemical industry!!!
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    I don’t understand the objections to the use of a mask (unless there’s a medical reason involved). It’s a simple thing that one gets accustomed to fairly quickly - if one wants to. It reminds me of the “personal freedom” protests we heard when seatbelt laws first came about. My aunt exercised that freedom and she paid for it with her life, leaving behind a dad with four kids to raise.
  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    Yes, I see your point but it's not quite as simple as the airline just cancelled the one flight that a particular person was booked on and refuses to refund. Think of a very simple example; a person buys a non-refundable ticket and then the event is cancelled (wedding postponed, resort flooded, whatever) a week before the flight. Should they be entitled to a refund? I think you'd agree that they should not be entitled to a refund. They'd like a refund. They'd hope for a refund but the fact that the reason for the trip or desire to go has evaporated is not due to some airline-initiated action. This pandemic is in many ways just a scaled up version of the above example. There are, of course millions of different scenarios and permutations but in April there were still flights going almost everywhere but they were empty - people weren't showing up for the flights because they knew when they got to their destination they'd be quarantined or the planned event was cancelled. I'm sympathetic but the reason why a passenger doesn't want to take the flight or what inconvenience they might face on arrival is not the responsibility of the airline. Now it gets complicated; the Canada/USA border is closed and somebody has a ticket to Florida and the flight is cancelled. Is this a case of "the airline has failed in their contractual obligations and should refund the money?" In this case I'd argue that neither the passenger nor the airline has failed to hold up their end of the contract. The passenger doesn't want to go anyway because they don't want to be quarantined on arrival in their hotel and the airline is forbidden by law from conducting the flight. If the passenger sleeps in and misses their flight - their fault so no refund. If the airline cancels the flight due to some controllable circumstance - the passenger gets a refund or re-booked. A closed international border? You can hardly say that the airline failed in their obligation. Nowhere in the tariff does it say that selling a ticket imposes an obligation to take the passenger to their destination - no matter what external event happens and a refund is due if it doesn't happen. The regulations discuss airline-controllable delays/cancellations. How can you place an obligation on a company for something they have no control over? As an aside I see the same thinking around weather delays; passengers expect meal, hotel and taxi vouchers. They have an expectation that from the time they arrive at the departure airport until they arrive at destination that it's airline's responsibility to keep them fed, watered and sheltered in every case other than a perfectly on-time trip even in cases where the airline has no control. What started as a good-will gesture has become an expectation and is demanded. I look at a non-refundable ticket this way; the passenger is essentially saying that "I am so confident that I will be able to take this exact flight on this exact day that I'm willing to accept the risk associated with events external to the airline affecting my desire to travel in exchange for a cheaper ticket." Buying a non-refundable ticket is a wager; you "win" a cheaper fare in exchange for accepting risk of external events. The passenger almost always wins, in fact, the chance of losing is so remote that people don't even consider it. They click through the disclaimer about "non-refundable" and "$200 change fees" as fast as they can without reading them. They are however, pretty quick to grab the cash for a delayed flight that's one minute over the legislated maximum. Technically, I would estimate that a significant majority of the advance ticket holders should get nothing at all. They pre-paid for a non-refundable ticket and many are "choosing" not to travel. AC is still doing flights to Sao Paulo. Would you board a flight a flight to Sao Paulo? Not me, but the flight is still going and what about the people who bought non-refundable tickets? Refund them because now is not a good time to go to Sao Paulo? Well, the airline knew no more about what the situation would be like for the planned travel than the passenger did when they bought the ticket. Airlines have decided that they will meet the passengers in the middle - offering travel vouchers even though in many, not all but many, cases they could have simply given nothing at all. Clearly the optics of that would be "not good" and hence the vouchers. One more thought on the topic of insurance and non-refundable tickets. Some wise person explained to me that you should never buy insurance for something that would not cause a significant financial burden if it was lost. You don't buy insurance on a toaster, you do buy insurance for your house. Over time the savings from not buying trivial insurance offsets the rare times you do experience a loss - this is how insurance companies manage to exist. The same holds true for non-refundable tickets. A lifetime of buying non-refundable tickets and experiencing the rare loss would be cheaper than always buying the refundable ticket. Of course in each circumstance you must redo to mental calculation of what is the financial exposure and what is the chance of losing the reason to go. You're buying a $200 domestic flight to visit family and your schedule is completely free of other obligations - probably don't need the refundable ticket. If you're buying a $10,000 ticket and have doubt about the schedule - probably a good idea to buy a refundable ticket.
  19. 3 points
    I don't get Fox News so I never watch it. I have, of course, seen short clips. I do get CNN but can't watch it because I find it falls into your "sewer pipe" characterization above. I think it's safe to say that virtually every commercial news service has a bias and has decided what their editorial slant will be based on potential audience and, more importantly how much ad revenue they can generate. The biggest negative development in how we get our news is the concept of a 24 news channel. 24 hours is a lot of airtime and it needs to be filled. The "news" of the day might be, maybe, 30 minutes so what's the rest? The rest of the time is filled with talking heads "editorializing" the news, in-the-street interviews with ignoramous citizens and general interest clips. All of this repeated endlessly. Tell me what happened - flood in Winnipeg (10 minutes). - commercial break (3 minutes). Talking heads slagging (or praising) government's plan to deal with flood (20 minutes). - commercial break (3 minutes). Interview with retired EMO supervisor about how to build a dyke with sandbags (10 minutes). - commercial break (3 minutes). Interview with people in the street - "Floods, do we even need them? What's your opinion?" (5 minutes). - commercial break (3 minutes). Recorded clip of primary school students in Surrey collecting pennies to help the flooded in Winnipeg. (10 minutes). Interviews with cute kids about collecting pennies (10 minutes). Then - repeat the above sequence 57 times. I really miss the good old days when you'd turn on the news at 11:00 PM and Robertson would spend 20 minutes reading the news, and then you'd go to bed. I want to know what happened but I don't want some reporter's opinion of it, don't want or need any general interest stories, don't care what the fool in the street thinks about it and don't care about what the cute kids are doing. Now, with the above going on at 3 competing channels how do you get viewers to your channel? You hire journalists with lots of "opinion" which attracts viewers with the same opinion and there's your feedback loop. I close with a couple of Walter Cronkite (really miss journalists like this) quotes; - "The ethic of the journalist is to recognize one's prejudices, biases, and avoid getting them into print." - "The profession of journalism ought to be about telling people what they need to know - not what they want to know." - ".....just as long as in reporting the news we adhere to the first ideals of good journalism - that news reports must be fair, accurate and unbiased." - "We've got a great percentage of our population that, to our great shame, either cannot or, equally unfortunate, will not read. And that portion of our public is growing. Those people are suckers for the demagogue." - "Our job is only to hold up the mirror - to tell and show the public what has happened." - "For many years, I did my best to report on the issues of the day in as objective a manner as possible. When I had my own strong opinions, as I often did, I tried not to communicate them to my audience."
  20. 3 points
    Every time your wife goes out and returns, you are now exposed. She could bring it home to you, and you wouldn’t know for probably 7 days... get it?
  21. 3 points
    Just imagine if you’d got it into second gear!
  22. 3 points
    iboughtawinterbeatersoicouldparkmygoodcar 63fairlane went94mph flatout 95mphwiththethechokehalfout .
  23. 3 points
    It wouldn't be good leadership to suggest that things are a lot better than they are either. It's really unfortunate, but I think that a lot of people who work in our industry are going to have to look elsewhere for employment for the foreseeable future. It's only responsible for a CEOs to level with their staff about the fact.
  24. 2 points
    Nothing to see here folks....move along and don’t ask questions.....oh yeah, clear and transparent government: https://nationalpost.com/news/ontario-mp-marwan-tabbara-charged-with-assault-break-and-enter-and-criminal-harassment-police-say So we have a “government” telling us to stay home, social distance..blah blah blah and this guy is out doing b&e’s?? Come to think of it, our pm has shut down parliament, making daily pronouncements from a tent, dictating to citizens to isolate themselves and avoid social contact........and he has the nerve to take part in a march with thousands of other people, some without masks....for a photo op.....the whole world is watching.
  25. 2 points
    myfavoriterestaurantandbaropenin halifaxyeeha nosecondwaveplease..
  26. 2 points
    ...who read a newspaper and said.... I don't wanna read any more newspapers. I'm done. Don't care anymore. Let it all burn. Read some left-wing news and some right-wing news. Watched some CNN and watched some Fox (and some CBC). It's all sh1t - all of it. Lies, exaggerations, distortions. Nobody is telling the truth and, worse, there's no place to get the truth. Everything is a narrative. The closest you can get to truth is to find the narrative that you agree with and roll with it. And now we get idiots saying we should de-fund the police? What do you do with that? People who live in a community where the Chief of Police is black, the mayor is black in a state where the governor is black and their claim is that society is racist against them. Read this stupid article: "Why are the Liberals protecting the airlines at the expense of their citizens" The article itself is full of half-truths, misdirection and manipulation and, then, I read the comments! Honestly, humans are too stupid to exist. IDK, maybe we'll get lucky and get hit with a comet before we self-destruct. Personally, don't care either way - the sooner we hit the restart the better. Any lifeform that's too ignorant to learn from it's past does not deserve to survive.
  27. 2 points
    I'm eager to get his take on it too. I bet it all happened with frightening rapidity. I’m grateful I never had to stand toe to toe with that particular bear and I’ve often wondered how I would do if he (or worse she) broke cover from the left flank without warning. I bet the time from power loss to the ejection call was less than a slow read of the next paragraph: The gear is up, flaps selected up, slight throttle reduction to maintain station, felt impact with the GU-11, compressor stall and vibration, zoom (throttle idle air-start), shallow left turn away from echelon and the high ground, a quick scan ahead for where the beast will fall, stick shaker in the turn, initial wing drop, ejection call, check canopy, two swings in the harness and a parachute landing fall (OK, the Airforce doesn’t teach that, it’s an army thing), the question “did that really just happen?”, slow acknowledgement that it actually did and the prospect of a lifetime of second guesses (and what if I’s). I think I'd prefer the bear.
  28. 2 points
    https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/air-canada-announces-closing-of-offering-of-shares-and-convertible-senior-notes-raising-gross-proceeds-of-nearly-c-1-6b-812920478.html Air Canada Announces Closing of Offering of Shares and Convertible Senior Notes, Raising Gross Proceeds of Nearly C$1.6B MONTREAL, June 2, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada (TSX: AC) (the "Company") today announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten marketed public offering of 35,420,000 Class A Variable Voting Shares and/or Class B Voting Shares of the Company ("Shares") at a price to the public of C$16.25 per Share (the "Share Offering"), for aggregate gross proceeds of C$575,575,000, which includes the exercise in full by the underwriters of their over-allotment option to purchase up to 4,620,000 Shares for additional gross proceeds of C$75,075,000, and its concurrent marketed private placement of convertible senior unsecured notes due 2025 ("Convertible Notes") for aggregate gross proceeds of US$747,500,000 (or C$1,018,842,5001) (the "Convertible Notes Offering" and together with the Share Offering, the "Offerings"), which includes the exercise in full by the initial purchasers of their over-allotment option to purchase up to US$97,500,000 (or C$132,892,5001) principal amount of Convertible Notes. The Company will use the net proceeds from the Offerings to supplement the Company's working capital and other general corporate purposes. The net proceeds from the Offerings will serve to increase Air Canada's cash position, thereby allowing for additional flexibility both from an operational standpoint and in the implementation of its planned mitigation and recovery measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Coming into 2020, Air Canada enjoyed a very strong liquidity position, before the COVID-19 pandemic and government-imposed quarantines and border restrictions destroyed demand and depleted cash. This important financing will allow us to keep our strong relative position and better manage debt leverage and risk as government restrictions are lifted and the market recovers. The positive reaction from the public markets is a strong endorsement of the strength of our franchise," said Michael Rousseau, Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer of the Company. The Shares offered in the Share Offering and the Convertible Notes and Class A Variable Voting Shares and/or Class B Voting Shares of the Company issuable upon conversion of the Convertible Notes have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act"), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and the rules promulgated thereunder and applicable state securities laws. TD Securities Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities Canada Inc. and Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc. acted as active bookrunners for the Share Offering. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, TD Securities Inc. and Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc. acted as active bookrunners for the Convertible Notes Offering.
  29. 2 points
    This is exactly the type of vacuous thinking that brought us the Passenger Rights legislation. Passengers think it's great when get a $1000.00 cheque when their flight is delayed 3:01 hours - if they're the one that gets it but, as a group, everyone pays more for their fare. In effect, every passenger is buying a ticket for travel and a lottery ticket. The overall cost when you factor in admin costs is greater than the amount that will paid out. It's a non-zero-sum game.
  30. 2 points
  31. 2 points
    I believe this deal will wither and die on the vine and it should. AC is going to be half the size or less than it was and it can be argued that they have a vast excess of wide-body capacity. The only thing of any real value that AT now brings to the table are the A321's and a few resorts that will now be virtual ghost towns for a few years. If AT was based anywhere else but Quebec AC would have run for the hills long ago.
  32. 2 points
    Since they now work ( this week), Trudeau could have bought every Canadian a lifetime supply of N95, that do work at a fraction of the cost of killing Canada’s economy
  33. 2 points
    As Kip points out, there wouldn’t be enough airspeed to get much G load at that point. Technically, you could reach over and pull the handle on the other person’s seat, but that would leave you vulnerable to injury as their seat departed. It would also mean delaying your own ejection, which could be fatal. Some ejection seats (I.E. the T-33) had only one “live” handle, so that might not even be a possibility in some types. In any case, it’s not something that’s taught. Some aircraft have “command” ejection systems whereby activating the ejection sequence on one seat would fire the other seat. The Tutor’s seats need to be fired individually. The T-33 back seat could eject individually, but if the front seat was activated, the back seat always went first, even if its safety pins were still installed. The F-18 had a variety of possibilities that could be selected by the PIC. Anyone getting a “passenger” ride in an ejection seat aircraft would get a thorough briefing by a safety-systems technician, and then another by the pilot during the strap-in procedure. It was emphasized that the pilot would be going up the rails on the third “EJECT”, no matter what. Sitting on an ejection seat is serious business and we took it seriously. We were taught from day one that the decision to eject is made on the ground. There’s usually no time in the air for pondering the options; an ejection had to be more or less instinctive. It was impossible to instil this into one-time passengers on famil rides, but with the amount of time Captain Casey spent in that seat, she would have had much better instincts that your average “passenger”. She would have been well trained and well briefed for such an event. But all that doesn’t mean anything if the ejection is initiated outside the survivable envelope of the seat.
  34. 2 points
    At least Kenney’s taking a stand on China Calgary Sun 17 May 2020 LORNE GUNTER lgunter@postmedia.com @sunlornegunter “Western countries, including Canada and the United States, must have a reset in their relationship with China — and part of that reset, in my judgment, must be a deliberate effort to onshore production, particularly on critical supplies.” That’s what Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told a virtual roundtable sponsored by the Canadian American Business Council on Wednesday. “I think the Chinese government played a significant role in the devastating public health and economic damage that is being experienced by the entire world,” Kenney added. “There must be some accountability.” Those are bold words for a politician — clear, unambiguous — especially given that Kenney is hoping for a pipeline to the West Coast so his province (which is suffering from low world oil prices, as well as the pandemic) can resurrect its economy with oil sales to China. Kenney, of course, is correct: China’s efforts to cover up the first outbreak of COVID-19 in and around the city of Wuhan in December has made the human and economic tolls many times worse. For nearly seven weeks in December and January, China first denied there was a novel coronavirus ravaging its Hubei province, then tried to cover up the extent. China’s Communist government refused for nearly a month to permit World Health Organization (WHO) scientists into Wuhan to assess what was going on. About that same time, the Communist regime began “disappearing” doctors, activists, lawyers and journalists who were trying to warn their fellow citizens of a new superflu. By the time Beijing admitted it had an epidemic on its hands, travellers from Wuhan (and visitors to Wuhan who were returning home) had “seeded” the coronavirus in several countries. Once the plague began spreading, China refused to give live samples of the virus to other countries to help them prepare for the onslaught. China also concealed what it knew about symptoms, at first denying there was human-to-human transmission, then insisting there were just two symptoms. This probably meant doctors in other countries missed many of the early patients who showed up at clinics and hospitals and failed to get them into isolation, which accelerated the spread. Beijing now is masterminding a worldwide propaganda campaign to draw attention away from its role. At the same time, it is making it difficult, if not impossible, for WHO inspectors to participate in investigations inside China about where the virus originated and how it spread so quickly among humans. This virus may or may not have originated in a virology lab in Wuhan. Western intelligence agencies have denied White House reports that COVID-19 escaped from China’s main virus lab, which just happens to be in Wuhan, a few blocks from the wet market where the sale of diseased bats is said to have begun the human spread. Even if the coronavirus was not a bioweapon gone bad, Western intelligence agencies are warning their governments that China is spying on COVID researchers in other countries in an attempt to steal formulas for vaccines, treatments and more accurate tests. Kenney concluded his remarks to business leaders by saying it’s time for a “great reckoning,” with plenty of political and economic consequences for China’s autocratic leaders. Now contrast that with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who still insists any criticism of China is merely fuelling racism in Canada. Wednesday, after polls showed Canadians overwhelming want China held to account, Trudeau finally summed the strength to say he would have some tough questions for China (but also some other countries). My guess is Trudeau’s desire for China’s support in Canada’s UN Security Council bid will prevent him from asking anything tougher than “Hey, is there any way to make colourful socks less expensive?”
  35. 2 points
    I don't even see deicer's posts anymore - I've never been more serene!
  36. 2 points
    If there was only a mechanism available to the Canadian public to ask trudeau what the f#$k that means and explain how in reality it would work...how does increasing a tax on an essential like gas or propane “put money upfront into people’s pockets”???.actual scrutiny of the plan...instead of his little wack-a-mole daily briefings with screened q&a sessions or the feeble non answers given in parliament.
  37. 2 points
  38. 2 points
    Wow, that article is perfect. The RCMP's own firearms instructor says the AR15, "is NOT an assault rifle, is NOT a military rifle" and that one should avoid using those words as they confuse an untrained public. JT says, "The AR15 is a military grade assault weapon" for the exact purpose of confusing the untrained public!
  39. 2 points
    Here is one group not even on the list....how dare they try to ask a question and spoil a photo op!! https://www.rebelnews.com/let_us_report_suing_for_access_trudeau_pandemic_press_conferences_interview_lawyer_aaron_rosenberg?utm_campaign=rb_05_05_20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=therebel
  40. 2 points
  41. 2 points
    Many years ago I was an Air Cadet. I took up the Position of Rifle Coach. At that time we shot Lee Enfield .22 bolt action rifles. and Anchutz .22 Bolt action rifles. After taking the courses myself and becoming proficient I coached our Cadets (age 12-19) responsible handling and use of a rifle. and how to make holes in paper. At many times during my Tenure we were able to take a group up to CFB Borden and Unleash some 7.62mm rounds down the range from the FNC1-A1 Rifle. Again in a safe and professional manner. Remember some of these kids were 12 and 13 years old both male and female. Sometimes it was pretty entertaining to watch the smaller ones with the FN. I like to believe that those and myself have grown to have the proper respect for Guns and rifles. I do know many of them that now own rifles and hand guns and now, Thanks to the Liberals, are in possession of what will become prohibited weapons. Now Jump forward a decade or 2 from my Cadet days. The Cadets are using Airsoft Rifles for training. I see this as a bit of a travesty. This is a military training organization of which one of its purposes is to produce candidates for the armed forces. Why dumb it down. I never heard of an injury or death in my entire tenure as coach. An Airsoft rifle and a.22 are totally different in the way they behave. I can shoot someone with an airsoft rifle (there are actually places to do this) so where does respect for the weapon come into play? Liberalism in the extreme such as we are seeing is destroying the future. No one will respect anything at this rate. I have said it here before that some form of mandatory Military training would not be a bad thing and may just teach people a thing or 2.
  42. 2 points
    I dunno....there will be many that say "Why"? I think they could have done just as well with a big yellow happy face...It too would convey the message written below the vertical Stab..
  43. 2 points
    So funny, I often use the "golf course" value comparison in my discussions too. Quick joke - What you call a golf course, I call a terrible waste of a rifle range.
  44. 2 points
    Is your car a standard transmission or automatic? Do you have a thermostat in you house or do you manually turn the furnace on and off? Do you have a coffee maker with a timer so that you can have coffee ready when you wake up? Power locks? A electronic key fob that allows you unlock the doors as you approach the car. Motion sensor lights? Why would a person need any of those? I don't see the need. A semi-automatic rifle is nothing more than the natural evolution that every device man has created goes through - advanced and improved technology to relieve the user from some of the required processes. You're right, there's no need for a semi-auto rifle just as there's no need for a toaster that pops the toast up when it's done. A semi-automatic rifle allows a hunter to get a second shot which perhaps makes him/her successful where they wouldn't otherwise be. A semi-auto rifle allows a target shooter to keep the rifle on the target and not need to manually cycle the action which perhaps improves accuracy. Now, don't start with an objection about "bad guys" using a semi-auto in the commission of a crime because we've already established that these people don't follow the existing laws so preventing me from having my semi-auto hunting or target rifle will have zero effect other than to deprive me of my recreational activity. I could fill this whole forum with examples; we don't need sports cars, golf courses, sailboats or Harleys. Nobody needs $5000 speakers or granite countertops - just because I think those things are pointless, wasteful or abnoxious doesn't mean that they aren't useful or provide enjoyment to others. BTW, I take exception to the use of the word "weapon". Using that logic I could call that thing in my gun cabinet a semi-automatic "paper hole punching device" because that's all it's ever been used for. It's not a "weapon" unless it's used as such. The thing we're talking about here is a semi-automatic "rifle".
  45. 2 points
    As time goes by, a bigger and bigger part of me hopes these folks get exactly what they appear to be asking for. It's a bit like trying to convince a 16 year old girl who is about to quit school and move in with her unemployed 28 year old boyfriend that once she has what she wants she might not want it anymore. In fact, she likely doesn't even know the full extent of what she doesn't want because she has never experienced want in the first place. If you are a Paris Accord supporter then it's easy, all we need to do is keep doing what we are right now... anyone grieving for the Ontario Green Energy Plan and wanting to pay more could find a poor family and pay their electric bill for them. But I bet that 16 year old girl moves out long before that happens... now, the real question is how do we know that? I say it comes from common sense and experience as opposed to opinion and agenda. I agree that the "Tar Sands" will never belong in a Paris-compliant world" but I know that the "Oil Sands" have a place in our world and in particular a world that has become ever dependent on PPE's and other equipment made from petroleum products.
  46. 2 points
    That wasn't good journalism, was it? There have been several serious accidents and incidents involving this type of machine, including tail rotor driveshaft failures, main gearbox failures.. the point is that in this case, we just don't know. Throwing suspicions electronic flight control system does no good at all... we all need to let the investigative teams do their work.
  47. 2 points
    Worth the time......Passed from another AC retiree
  48. 2 points
    One thing this will do will make it easier to avoid hotels that are housing the homeless.
  49. 2 points
    Dagger suggested in a post (on which thread I can't remember) that government likely sees it as incumbent on the airlines to state where they're at and to set out their business plans for the next couple of years before it would decide what support to provide. Calin laid it out for investors and employees in the Q1 results on Monday, and Ed did so in the news piece linked by Marshall. Both are talking to government, so perhaps we'll soon hear news of what help aside from the generous CEWS programs they're prepared to offer. And yeah, there are some in the employee group who need a reality check. At AC we have a few FAs on private discussion boards insisting that they should be earning danger pay (LOL), a few sitting at home on 75% taxpayer-funded pay who are livid that AC isn't topping their salary up to 100% while they sit at home, and a few who are angry that they aren't constantly being hailed as heroes for doing what they get paid to do. The majority are far more sensible, mercifully.
  50. 2 points
    When I worked on the front line in Maintenance we would always assist "other Airlines" if they needed something. When you took the higher ups out of the equation it was just mechanics trying to get a plane flying. It didnt matter what colour was on the tail. One thing in this industry to remember, Be good to every one because tomorrow they could be your boss. Many time I had someone come to me on the ramp and ask if they could borrow XXXX. Yup no problem..."Need a hand"