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  1. 6 points
    It is a nice irony that it was the Left Wing that got hit.
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    JD, congratulations on retirement and thanks for posting that - enjoyable reading, brings many memories - twelve years now. Lots of ways of expressing the career & profession - words, images . . . I hope these bring some memories for others:
  3. 3 points
    Meanwhile the NDP, in an effort to limit their mounting debt, has gone vintage.
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    Global Warming Update: The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. I apologize, I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922. As reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post — 88 years ago! https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/warm-welcome/
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    To those who understand the world of flying. You see them at airport terminals around the world. You see them in the morning early, sometimes at night. They come neatly uniformed and hatted, sleeves striped; wings over their left pocket; They show up looking fresh. There's a brisk, young-old look of efficiency about them. They arrive fresh from home, from hotels, carrying suitcases, battered briefcases, bulging, with a wealth of technical information, data, filled with regulations, rules. They know the new, harsh sheen of Chicago 's O'Hare. They know the cluttered approaches to Newark ; they know the tricky shuttle that is Rio; they know but do not relish the intricate instrument approaches to various foreign airports; they know the volcanoes all around Guatemala. They respect foggy San Francisco . They know the up-and-down walk to the gates at Dallas , the Texas sparseness of Abilene , the very narrow Berlin Corridor, New Orleans ' sparkling terminal, the milling crowds at Washington . They know Butte , Boston , and Beirut . They appreciate Miami 's perfect weather; they recognize the danger of an ice-slick runway at JFK. They understand short runways, antiquated fire equipment, inadequate approach lighting, but there is one thing they will never comprehend: Complacency. They marvel at the exquisite good taste of hot coffee in Anchorage and a cold beer in Guam . They vaguely remember the workhorse efficiency of the DC-3s, the reliability of the DC-4s and DC-6s, the trouble with the DC-7 and the propellers on Boeing 377s. They discuss the beauty of an old gal named Connie. They recognize the high shrill whine of a Viscount, the rumbling thrust of a DC-8 or 707 on a clearway takeoff from Haneda, and a Convair. The remoteness of the 747 cockpit. The roominess of the DC-10 and the wonderfully snug fit of a DC-9. They speak a language unknown to Webster. They discuss ALPA, EPRs, fans, mach and bogie swivels. And, strangely, such things as bugs, thumpers, crickets, and CATs, but they are inclined to change the subject when the uninitiated approaches. They have tasted the characteristic loneliness of the sky, and occasionally the adrenaline of danger. They respect the unseen thing called turbulence; they know what it means to fight for self-control, to discipline one's senses. They buy life insurance, but make no concession to the possibility of complete disaster, for they have uncommon faith in themselves, their crew and what they are doing. They concede the glamour is gone from flying. They deny a pilot is through at sixty. They know tomorrow, or the following night, something will come along they have never met before; they know flying requires perseverance and vigilance. They know they must practice, lest they retrograde. They realize why some wit once quipped: "Flying is year after year of monotony punctuated by seconds of stark terror." As a group, they defy mortality tables, yet approach semi-annual physical examinations with trepidation. They are individualistic, yet bonded together. They are family people. They are reputedly overpaid, yet entrusted with equipment worth millions. And entrusted with lives, countless lives, behind and below him. At times they are reverent: They have watched the Pacific sky turn purple at dusk and the stark beauty of sunrise over Iceland at the end of a polar crossing. They know the twinkling, jeweled beauty of Los Angeles at night; they have seen snow on the Rockies. They remember the vast unending mat of green Amazon jungle, the twisting Silver road that is the father of waters, an ice cream cone called Fujiyama; the hump of Africa. Who can forget Everest from 100 miles away, or the ice fog in Fairbanks in January? They have watched natural and man-made satellites streak across a starry sky, seen the clear, deep blue of the stratosphere, felt the incalculable force of the heavens. They have marveled at sun-streaked evenings, dappled earth, velvet night, spun silver clouds, sculptured cumulus: God's weather. They have viewed the Northern Lights, a wilderness of sky, a pilot's halo, a bomber's moon, horizontal rain and snow, contrails and St Elmo's Fire. Only an aviator experiences all these. It is their world. It once was mine. It will be missed, forever
  6. 2 points
    This is way more fun than airline flying!
  7. 2 points
    Credit where credit is due! Rumor has it a multiple bird strike/ingestion, engine change at an out base. West jet mechanics changed engine. Aircraft back in service. No complaints of disruption of service. Well done !
  8. 2 points
    Mach 8.6!!! https://jalopnik.com/you-cant-even-see-this-hypersonic-sled-hit-6-599-mph-1838027056
  9. 2 points
    Better a couple of hours in emerg than a $10,000 bill when you leave,
  10. 2 points
    I'm wiling to bet it was Harper.... give deicer a couple of days to work out the details.
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    Not even close.... You've listened to too much propaganda from the "First responders are super heros" from the past 20 years... A police officer needs high school education, and attend a 13 week basic constable course. As to their pay, yes I think they are overpaid, certainly in Ontario....successive governments have signed ridiculous deals with police unions so that they constantly leapfrog each other's salaries and drive policing costs to outlandish levels. ****************************************************************** The 20 occupations with the highest average (traumatic injury) fatality rates, 2011-2015 Fatalities by occupation, excluding long-term illnesses, 2011-2015 Note: Excludes fatalities that were “Not coded” by occupation.
  13. 1 point
    imissmyflyinglove ofmylifehotwingsandbeeraregoodbutaminimumsapproachintoyvronafoggymorningissomethingimiss.
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    Out of control in Southern Ontario 1 dead, another injured in highway shootings near Brampton ‎Today, ‎September ‎16, ‎2019, ‏‎4 hours ago | CBC News One person is dead and another seriously injured after what Peel police are describing as "multiple shootings" on Highway 410 in Brampton.
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    What I miss, among other things, was being dropped off curb side, into the terminal and cutting through sales counter, into the baggage room, say hi to everybody and out onto the ramp to spark up the awaiting 737 for the ffod....no security, no screening, no attitude from new hire employees, no baggage searches.....everybody smiled and was part of a family at the different terminals we flew into......now we have employees that don’t even acknowledge one another!!!
  18. 1 point
    Different folks, different opinions...this is good. Been retired for a long time now and I don't miss it one bunch. I had 28 years with DND and 15 in the airline industry and the airline industry flying was the icing on the cake, good money and an "easy" job. In all honesty, my Military flying career was more fun, more places, and better fun toys to fly. I think one reason many feel depressed, if it goes that far,(depressed), when they hang up their spurs is that their life revolved around the industry and perhaps not enough time was spent building a library of interests outside of the job. I flew with a few fellows who indicated that pending retirement was not something they wanted to embrace and their "life" would be on a severe down-slope once punted through the goal posts. I will not bore you with a lists of my interests and what I do now but suffice to say the days are not long enough for me to get everything done that I want to do and I normally exist on 5 hours of sleep a night. Yes....... the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter, but, as the saying goes............ Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, a glass of wine in one hand, chocolate in the other, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Holy sh!t..... what a Ride!”
  19. 1 point
    The Economy is based on perpetual growth. Along with that growth comes inflation. That inflation leads to higher wages which leads to more inflation ( in the order of around 2% / year) The problem is that the minimum wage NEVER kept up with the rate of inflation. (on that note neither did base salaries in most corporations). The only people that were being compensated for inflation were the Highest paid wage earners. The major problem here is that there are becoming more and more bottom end earners which actually stifles the economy because they have no spending power to put back into the economy. They barely make enough to survive. Given the increase in the minimum wage they have a little more power for discretionary spending so that money goes back into the economy and the cycle continues. Anyone here remember paying less that $5 for a Big MAc Combo? It wasn't that long ago. The Wage increase didn't drive that price up to $14 inflation did. Why do you think Airlines right now cannot find Mechanics or Rampies? Because they are still paying the same base wage they paid in !995. It is not a living wage. To survive in any Major city in this country you need a decent income. Rent in Toronto for a small 1 bedroom is sitting close to if not over $2000/month At minimum wage That leave a minimum wage earner with $500 on which to live and thats before you account for taxes. Now before all the Baby Boomers pipe up and say "well you have to pay your dues. Remember back in 1963 a house in Toronto was $16,000 Today that same house would be almost $1.5 million. The work ethic and drive no longer apply here. It is impossible for an entry level worker to achieve what the previous generations achieved just by working hard or multiple jobs. Bottom line. increasing minimum wage was necessary to the economy. The benefits of that will lag the initial effect by a couple of years until the market adjusts.
  20. 1 point
    Omni has been flying AC lift for a few months now. Wide body aircraft not MAX traffic. Jazz is flying a lot more hours than contracted to help keep up as I am sure Sky Regional is as well. The Max Absence is having a large impact on the schedule both now and in the winter sked. However giving up a single tail for a charter will not significantly add to that issue
  21. 1 point
    Remember, when you point a finger, three point back at you... Sorry the pics didn't transver over, click the link to see the proof of Mr. Scheer's hypocrisy. https://www.narcity.com/news/ca/andrew-scheer-called-out-justin-trudeaus-india-trip-and-it-completely-back-fired Andrew Scheer Tried To Make Fun Of Justin Trudeau’s India Trip & It Completely Backfired Things definitely didn't go to plan for Scheer. Helena Hanson 1 month ago Updated on August 02 @ 04:24 PM 1.4K andrewjscheer | Instagram justinpjtrudeau | Instagram It is no secret that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer are not exactly the best of friends. Most recently, Andrew Scheer called out Justin Trudeau's India trip. That's not surprising, as the two are leaders of opposing political parties, and there's an election right around the corner. However, things don’t always work out the way you want when it comes to social media, where Scheer posted about Trudeau. In fact, things certainly backfired for Scheer this week when he tried to drag Justin Trudeau for ‘damaging Canada’s international relations’ during his 2018 trip to India. Despite Scheer's attempts to make a mockery of Trudeau, the public seemed to side with the Prime Minister, making Scheer look a little bit foolish himself. To make his point, Scheer shared a recent article from the National Post, which was criticizing Trudeau’s choice of attire during his recent trip to India. During the trip, the Prime Minister and his family were seen repeatedly wearing traditional Indian clothing, that was described by one website as “too Indian, even for an Indian.” While the tweet had more than 500 retweets and nearly 2,000 likes, the response from Canadians was probably not exactly what Scheer was hoping for. While it is common for political figures and their families to wear culturally appropriate attire during official visits, it is rarely done so often and so over-the-top as Trudeau did. Naturally, Scheer made the most of this opportunity to take aim at the Liberal leader, saying in a tweet that “he [Trudeau] has embarrassed Canada on the world stage.” However, Canadians were not having any of this from Scheer, and were quick to respond to his tweet with some pretty hilarious criticisms of their own. In fact, several users dug out some less-than-flattering photos of Scheer, and even his predecessor Stephen Harper, dressed in various cultural attires, taking the opportunity to call him out on his hypocrisy. pic.twitter.com/OjEeDyWvtR — Danked (@dankeddude) August 2, 2019 One Twitter user used Scheer's own trip to London as an example of his hypocrisy, writing, “Not nearly as embarrassing as when you went on a make-believe Canadian PM trip to the UK. Did you accomplished big things while you were out there, Agent Smart?” Another noted that Trudeau’s clothing could simply be regarded as respectful, writing, “ why is it that when you wear these same kinds of clothes, it was ok, but when the PM does it, you ridicule him? He was trying to show respect for the culture, what's wrong with that? Is this what you think a good leader does?” With the October federal election drawing nearer, it is no surprise the pressure is building between the two opposing leaders, and they are likely to continue to take aim at one another in the weeks to come. That said, after his latest attempt to call-out Trudeau back-fired a little, perhaps Scheer will be a little more careful before he hits the 'send tweet' button next time!
  22. 1 point
    I am in a somewhat similar scenario as per time spent away. I really wish I could sleep like you....seems my mind never shuts down day or night. I always loved my “ job”. I certainly don’t miss the bureaucracy, I don’t miss the simulators. I don’t miss the company one bit. I do miss the flying, the excitement of going to work, the airplanes, the technology, the layovers all over the world, the endless supply of new restaurants to explore, the friends I made. If I hadn’t been forced to retire I would probably still be doing what some call “working”
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    Chick-fil-A back in the news after meeting their goal of only using antibiotic free chicken. This is clearly a discriminatory practice aimed at chickens of colour from poor neighbourhoods who are unable to access medical care. CNN reports that there is no level of "fowl play" the christian right won't stoop to. The DNC is currently "hatching" a plan to ban the restaurant from federally owned premises as a result: https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/chick-fil-a-antibiotic-free-chicken
  24. 1 point
    They used our hangar. Great bunch of guys on the engine change.
  25. 1 point
    "The 49-year-old pilot, who has over 13,000 hours of flying experience" Perhaps.... unless pilots have a certain number of flying hours, they should not be served hot beverages....I mean that statement is really an eye opener and is good food for thought.......Now using a lid on the cup of hot beverage may not help as I have seen many people spill their beverage attempting to get the "snapped on " lid off. I thought "some" of the guys I flew with should have been drinking their beverages with a "soother"...........but I never said that out loud. Have a nice weekend.
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    Nothing short of amazing. It doesn't even merit inclusion in the WTFDYTWGTH file. The next step down from there (in my world) is the "no other possible outcome" category. One step lower and we come to the "I know what let's do" column... this is that IMO. The real question here is why we never learn from experience and I'm of the opinion that most people never experience the immediate effect of immediate consequences in their lives. The law of immediate consequences takes new recruits a couple of weeks to assimilate but once they got it, they got it for life. If you are a SIT grad or QFI it used to be called the "law of intensity" (remember?). The proposed solution here (get ready now) is to ban the flavoured stuff and leave the regular tobacco taste. These are the same people in charge of fixing gangs and guns BTW. Their failure in this regard will elevate the endeavour to "no other possible outcome."
  27. 1 point
    The growth in low wage jobs is the result of the disappearance of manufacturing jobs (thank you China) and the explosive growth of service jobs....how many Tim’s, Starbucks, Popeyes, subways, chipotle, McDs, dollarama, homesense, etc are there now...almost on every corner....and yeah, not all workers are in their teens. So how much are you willing to pay for your coffee and sub to support a $20/hour wage?? And if the business can’t make money paying a legislated “living wage”, what happens next?
  28. 1 point
    I would think with the shorter campaign this time - and everyone knowing the date of the vote – that maintenance schedules can be safely juggled if necessary to free up an aircraft for chartering. Also, AC will be flying NHL teams again, and the hockey schedule doesn't get intense until mid-October.
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    Nothing like a ride in an old B737-200 to lure AMEs... 18.50$/hour... They are about 5$ short from where the competition starts their apprentices at... It's not a labor shortage, it's people learning that if they want stability (ie no layoffs like at Bombardier or Aveos), mobility and decent wages,they have a multitude of other fields they can work in. Kids have choices... The aviation industry has to do a better job at selling itself as a respectable field to work in. The industry giants did this to themselves...
  31. 1 point
    Watched Jimbo extolling the virtues of universal healthcare on a talk show...try coming up here and try sitting in emerg for a couple hours for a broken toe!!
  32. 1 point
    Interesting piston installation. Perhaps better cooling on the outside of the cowling?
  33. 1 point
    Those in rural ridings could stay home, save gas and save the planet. All you need is New York, California, Florida and presto. And no one in rural districts believes for one second that anything of substance will come out of the pockets of that elusive 1% the left has been talking about for the last 45 years. They know from previous experience who pays for what: https://www.foxnews.com/us/billionaire-carl-icahn-moving-business-from-ny-to-florida-for-lower-taxes-report Cities (large urban centres like all of Florida) will beat the snot out of rural dwellers without mercy until the lights go out and their debit cards, cell phones and smart cars don't work.... Hurricane Dorian was a wakeup call for lots of urban dwellers; Y'all actually need country folk for a few things and most of those things only become apparent during hurricanes and prolonged power failures. Who needs a 6.0 Ltr 4x4 with an 8000W generator on it, we should tax it..... make the rich pay. So, in rural Nova Scotia, what does a hurricane, a tornado and a red neck divorce all have in common? - - - - - Somebody loses a trailer.
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    I was working at the north end in Yow when a Convair 340 (?) taxied in .... it was called the DoobieLiner carrying a certain rock band. .....
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    Another example of why you need to use trusted sources. Deepfakes are getting really good... https://9gag.com/gag/a5R7EjN
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    Canada is back alright........back to the status of a banana republic being governed by a dictator....and yet people still think trudeau is worth voting for after lying about the circumstances, being chastised by the ethics commissioner twice and then refusing to accept responsibility. A head of state can do anything he pleases.... third world alright. And we will never find out about what happened with VA Norman....from stating that charges would be laid before the RCMP was involved with investigation...to denying documents requested by his defence and then dropping the charges and buying him off with a non disclosure agreement. How would a regular citizen fair if he ever found himself in the way of Trudeau’s plans???
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    Conservatives 36 NDP 18 Liberals 3 Green 0 https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/provincial-election-2019/results Repeat of Ontario Election ...Manitoba Liberals lose party status https://winnipeg.citynews.ca/video/2019/09/10/manitoba-liberals-lose-party-status/
  38. 1 point
    I’m glad they were able to safely land back at the YXX airport.
  39. 1 point
    I was in my office when it departed and I heard what sounded like a compressor stall. Now I know why.
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    I would bet at the top of their salary range (police and firefighters) they do not come close to the average senior pilot but they face death daily as part of their normal work. Not saying that senior pilots are overpaid but def. stating that our police and firefighters are not!
  41. 1 point
    I got gas today and the sticker was only in French... I dont read french. The next pump was in french as well. I live in the GTA. Who do I sue?
  42. 0 points
    An oldie... And it’s not multinationals to blame: “and big multinationals that cut jobs domestically to tap cheap labor abroad.” https://www.jwnenergy.com/article/2019/8/steel-industry-says-hundreds-thousands-canadian-jobs-lost-ottawas-lng-exemptions/ Still haven’t figured out Trudeau’s rational....
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    But of course !! The one thing he hasn’t screwed with yet!! “ I’m envious. Truly envious of those who bury their heads in the sand, and blindly trust whomeveris at the helm of whatever, doing this, that, or the other thing, to keep the world turning. This week, I was supremely perturbed by the idea of a “sugar sweetened beverages levy” that the Ontario Liberal MP’s have discussed as a recommendation to the federal party ahead of the upcoming election. But this levy, or tax as it’s commonly known, paled in comparison to the bombshell that dropped on Wednesday: doing away with the federal capital gains exemption on the sale of real estate. Liberals, defend away. As much as I don’t want to make this about politics, since many of the people reading this are Liberals, in current, past, or permanent form, and my goal is not to offend you. We may have different choices in music, we may cheer for different sports teams, and if you like leather couches, and I prefer microfiber, I don’t want that to come between us. But what I saw this week has upset me more than almost any other political manoeuvre, proposal, or legislation in as long as I can remember. In case you missed it, Toronto Liberal MP, Adam Vaughan, spearheaded a new initiative that would see the profits on homes taxed at a rate of fifty percent if you were to sell this home after one year of ownership or less. The idea alone is sickening.” https://torontorealtyblog.com/blog/the-friday-rant-when-will-people-say-enough/
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    BREAKING: Liberal government block RCMP’s SNC-Lavalin investigation The RCMP has had their attempts to look into potential obstruction of justice in the SNC-Lavalin affair blocked by the Trudeau government. According to another explosive report from The Globe and Mail, Ottawa refused to lift cabinet confidentiality for all witnesses, seriously limiting the capacity for the RCMP to actually look into the matter. According to the report, sources were allegedly told to not discuss matters regarding the scandal with police officials. The reason behind the secrecy was cabinet confidentiality. Liberals say that a waiver for confidentiality was not provided by the Clerk of the Privy Council, meaning that people in the know-how did not have the privilege to speak to the RCMP or the Ethics Commissioner. Earlier in the year, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion faced similar stonewalling during his inquiries which accumulated in the Trudeau II report alleging that the prime minister had broken ethics laws. Sources claim that the RCMP were allegedly investigating the possibility of obstruction of justice in the affair. “If [the RCMP] were serious enough, they would probably get a search warrant, but that would probably be shot down by the courts. The privilege is pretty strong at the cabinet level,” said former commissioner of the RCMP, Bob Paulson. Around the same time that the RCMP allegedly investigated the matter, the Conservative Party was requesting that the national police force look into the affair. https://www.thepostmillennial.com/breaking-liberal-government-blocks-rcmp-on-snc-lavalin-inquiry/ http://ciec-ccie.parl.gc.ca/EN/ReportsAndPublications/Pages/TrudeauIIReport.aspx