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  1. It’s interesting that the political word of the year is “unacceptable” (Rogers… unacceptable, Hockey Canada… unacceptable, passport delays… unacceptable, airport delays… unacceptable, Catholic Church… unacceptable, inflation… unacceptable, higher interest rates… unacceptable, situation in Ukraine... unacceptable, etc, etc, etc) yet it doesn’t seem to apply to the people running the government or the price of gas.
    6 points
  2. Merry Christmas... Happy Holidays... Happy Saturday... I hope you are all keeping well and holding your loved ones close in these difficult times. What else could matter? Cheers all!
    6 points
  3. My wife (who is legally blind)travelled to Vancouver Island last Saturday on WestJet. The aircraft (737) was full, lots of children and thus quite a handful for preboarding etc. From the time we checked in upon arrival at YYC, I was impressed with the professionalism of the agents. I was given a gate pass so I would accompany my wife to the gate. We got there quite early and took a seat. When the agent came on duty, she spotted my wife (white cane) , came over, introduced herself and verified who my wife was. The agent then explained the boarding process asked if my wife needed a wheelchair or if she was comfortable with walking. She then told us that she or the other gate agent would come over and take my wife to the aircraft. Just prior to the first boarding announcement, she came over to us took my wife to the aircraft. Well done WestJet...................... Thanks.
    5 points
  4. Mitch; Much has changed in terms of the sophistication of flight planning systems, historical fuel burn, wind modelling and route analysis. When I started flying the big iron, it was common to see 2 to 5% errors in the planned fuel burn. These days, flight plans are virtually bang on the great majority of the time. That in itself has helped build confidence among most pilots. But like any other type of automation, it’s still not perfect. No operation should question a captain who can reasonably justify fuel that the dispatcher didn’t include in the flight plan. Maybe they missed a hitch in the forecast, or a NOTAM that hints at delays enroute or for arrival. If you point it out calmly and without accusing them of missing something, dispatchers will usually see your point and agree with the adjustment. But taking extra “just because” is thinking from a time when flight plans were less accurate and there was a lot less information and support available to flight crews. Bottom line is carrying extra fuel costs money and increases our carbon footprint - 4% per hour flown is what it costs for extra fuel carried (on average). As a guy who supports taking it easy on our planet, you understand that cutting back on our fuel consumption where it’s safe to do so is also a good thing for the environment.
    5 points
  5. ......and the west will be better off for it.
    5 points
  6. The other side of this qualifies as anecdotal I guess, but in my little circle of acquaintances, those with the strongest views (on both sides) of the vaccine debate are unable to discuss the issue at a high school biology level. It’s noteworthy that this forum has a wealth of aviation experience that exists on virtually any topic you could name. From UAV/UAS to hang gliders and from helicopters to heavy commercial jets. We have business professionals and lawyers, flight safety specialists and even investment, financing and IT people. We could discuss almost any aspect of almost any aviation topic in significant depth. But imagine it, what if we discussed aviation safety, or a host of related topics with the same lack of depth that I see here. In general, I’m gobsmacked by the questions not being asked, current events both domestic and global wilfully ignored by the media and impenetrable narratives unlikely to survive first contact with the goddess of unintended circumstance. Please don’t get the idea that it’s only here, or that I’m picking on any particular individual…I’m not. I fear that we have collectively become a nation of silly people and that comes at a cost. Not only is the cost self inflicted, it’s always payed for by people who no longer want what they thought they did when they were adamant in demanding it.
    5 points
  7. Dr Joetey Attariwala is quite an industry fluffer. The Kingfisher is an unmitigated disaster. The three aircraft that have actually been delivered are hangar queens. The get dragged out once a month, started up and then quickly rolled back in to hiding. Not a single line pilot has been trained on it. Testing has revealed multiple problems with basic airworthyness of the Airforce variant. If they ever get signed off, Operational roles will not include deploying SAR tech's without major alterations as jumpers risk being struck by the tail as they exited. It's what happens when Govt minions in charge of purchasing get overwhelmed by the glossy brochures of unproven prototype equipment.
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  8. The last time I checked viewing ANY section of this web site was voluntary. Your choice, you decide. Where is it written one is forced to read the non aviation forum? It’s not rocket science folks. I understand it’s 2022, and every sentence has to somewhere include the phrase “I feel” instead of the tried and true “I think” ….If the subject matter doesn’t make your innards feel all warm and fuzzy, maybe one shouldn’t go there. Topics based in reality outside the realm of “coffee room airplane chat” can be stressful to some, but that does not translate (In my opinion) to topics that should not be discussed. A few years ago, some were offended about certain topics creeping in here, so the non aviation section was formed as a compromise to pacify those few. It has served that purpose quite well. Even this thread could be construed as “political” and therefore should not be a part of this section if you really want to push it. Reading between the lines one has to presume some no longer want to read subjects based in reality regardless of where they are posted. In actual fact, those are the subjects that NEED to be discussed. What has the world become that providing people “safe spaces” must take priority over every opposing voice where the only option is to censor them out of existence? If this is what the generations born between 1940 to 1980 have become, it’s no wonder the world is such a screwed up place.
    4 points
  9. What is the rationale for that? Actually, that isn't even correct. A retired MP cannot receive a pension until age 55. Is it better to have somebody with no previous real work experience, who has lived off a trust fund he inherited all his adult life?
    4 points
  10. That looks like hors d'oeuvres..... only 370 cals, hardly worth the gas to drive over. Let's add 2 all beef patties special sauce....
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  11. Or imagine if they had not been so stupid and started drilling for their shale oil a few years ago. What is happening in the UK is a good example when you are foolish enough to follow the ideas of a 16 year old scolding girl. It felt good to fly baby blimps when Trump was visiting England instead of listening to him a few years ago when he told Europe to get of of depending on Russian energy and let America start the process of replacement. They called America the new enemy. Remember that? All those lefties with their stupid accusations that so many have foolish enough to believe. And still are. Of course, it has only been a few years since all this happened, so a complete transition would not have happened, but imagine if shale oil was coming online in the UK and America was still pumping energy the way it was under Trump and canada had continued the energy policies of Harper. Many, many billions of dollars would be going to pay for health care in western countries instead of to Russian artillery. But a lot of people need to learn the hard way. And then it seems to only be a temporary lesson.
    4 points
  12. Yeah, that was pretty bad reporting. Doesn't even mention the aircraft type. Was it an Airbus? As for your question about preventing turbulence, everyone knows about the Weather Radar input to the CIDS system, which will trigger the Turbulence Avoidance function, deploying the O2 masks and playing the "Emergency" message through the cabin audio system, simultaneously taking control of the AFCS and commanding the turbulence avoidance manouvers. This gives the CIDS the authority to climb or descend within an envelope of 10,000ft. I'm happy to see that the Captain continued to allow the flow of O2 to the passenger masks after they had been deployed.
    4 points
  13. The mess we've seen with Boeing's existence in the past years is exactly the kind of trouble I worried about as it became clear they were basically being allowed to police themselves. Except that, I thought we'd see it with Airbus first. Anyway, the shenanigans continue:
    4 points
  14. 1,000 less Americans in Ireland. Probably a good thing.
    4 points
  15. When the union's mindset at the table is "we don't negotiate for people who aren't here yet", it opens the door for the pay scale you are referring to.
    4 points
  16. https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/racism-report-to-take-caf-to-task-for-not-doing-more-over-past-20-years-1.5874626 Nothing in my experience suggests to me that the military is systemically racist or hateful. Given the nature of military service and the fact that mission and group cohesion is widely considered more important than the individual, I would suggest that the exact opposite is prevalent and that instances of racism (and all of the other isms) are statistically insignificant and hardly systemic in nature. People like that just don’t last long, they get crushed pretty quickly... IMO, they would be seen as dangerous and no one would want to work with them. Given my brief foray into airline flying I would make the same observation about pilots and FAs in the majority of airlines. If crew seniority lists are heavily weighted with racists, misogamists or anti-gay members I have to say I never saw it. Again, I would suggest that people of that ilk don’t do well in that environment either. When I hear this stuff I’m inclined to think, “wait a minute, if this was truly systemic and widely pervasive wouldn’t I have seen some evidence of it?” Am I so slow and stupid that I consistently missed all of the signs over the course of a 32 year career? Clearly the absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence but if something is truly systemic, surely a person of average intelligence would be able to discern it in the wild… no?
    4 points
  17. William of Boeing was working on this design while his cousin, William the Conqueror, was leading the Norman invasion of England.
    4 points
  18. The Ukrainian immigrants have added so much to Canada. I think that our governments should welcome and even encourage the current refugees to come to Canada. We currently have a massive number of Canadians of Ukrainian descent living here, primarily across the prairies, and new Ukrainian immigrants could relatively easily adapt to Canadian life. I read recently that Canada already has the largest Ukrainian diaspora in the world. Heck, Vegreville could become a major Canadian hub. This war is an enormous tragedy for millions, but ironically Canada might benefit from it in the end with a large number of Ukrainian immigrants. Hopefully the bloated Canadian bureaucracy can stay out the way.
    4 points
  19. The plural form of Aircraft, is Aircraft. ...No s. Got it? Good. Krikey I get tired of seeing that. ...and "landing gears". Ugh... ...ok, shutting up now.
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  20. It's a bit like the battered wife syndrome or the stockholm syndrome. Communism allows bully's to win out and get away with atrocities. You ask how the people can allow it but it's really not that hard to control the mindset of a population. The Russians have mastered it and that's why they have produced so many of the heinous rulers of this world. The chinese aren't far behind. Those folks will tell us we're just as bad and admittedly the West could be better but we do have a free press and functional democracies that help keep us honest. If anything is a threat to that objectivity and the truth in the West it has to be our corporations. They have no principals and their willful ignorance will fuel our enemies attempts to undo our democracies. Here's a nice article from Fiona Hill on what we in the west are really facing. I agree with her completely. The implications are ominous. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/02/28/world-war-iii-already-there-00012340
    4 points
  21. Still here. My pic 2 minutes ago.
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  22. 4 points
  23. Should've moved headquarters to Toronto years ago.
    4 points
  24. I wanted to like this post but it seems that option isn’t available for your comments. That said, I’m not a fan of people who appear on a forum anonymously and immediately start tossing hand grenades and calling people who’ve chosen to be vaccinated “naive idiots”. If you (Mr. C. T.) truly had the courage of your convictions, you would put your name to what you say. This IMHO is why you’re getting the blowback, and you’ve earned it. I also want to be clear that while I believe in the vaccine program, I am dead set against the mandate. I’m having a hard time seeing past the hypocrisy of a government that spent months telling us their political opponents didn’t truly believe in a woman’s right to make choices for her own body, then turning around and telling all of us that we don’t have the right to determine what is injected into our bodies, all in in exchange for a paycheque or the right to get on an airplane. I also hate what this is doing to the mental health of a lot of good people. I’m lucky to work for a company that treats every team member as family. We’re struggling to reconcile what’s been forced on us by the mandate with the damage its doing to our culture. It’s a small sample of what’s being done to our country, and I’m sick of it.
    4 points
  25. Here is a great fun video appropriate for the time. Don't stop after the first minute or so. https://www.youtube.com/embed/oXvJ8UquYoo?vq=large
    4 points
  26. I am one of those recent retirees and I couldn't care less anymore about "pilot shortages" after the struggle I and so many of my former colleagues faced over the last 35 years to obtain decent working conditions and wages in the Canadian aviation industry. Serves the airlines and the traveling public right. Good riddance to the industry. I'll take the train. Or just drive.
    3 points
  27. I'm not sure the eventual result of the raid even matters anymore, either possible outcome will alienate half of the country for years to come and the loosing side will cry foul. Democrats will soon be fervently wishing they never opened this can of worms, even if they have actionable evidence.... LOL, especially then IMO. I'm betting Trump will now announce that he will run in 2024 and pledge to tear down and rebuild a weaponized DOJ and FBI. imagine if he's blocked from doing that by an iffy felony charge/conviction. In a few years, when we look back on it, perhaps all sides will agree that this debacle marked the end of bipartisan cooperation and ushered in an era of winner take all elections. At that point, voters will have real cause to fear election outcomes that don't go their way... a common Banana Republic sentiment and a major inducement to election violence, civil disobedience, sanctuary jurisdictions, and open domestic conflict/partisan violence.
    3 points
  28. What a change in 7 years……..a PM that didn’t talk down to the citizens and make them feel guilty for being Canadian. Btw…Trudeau doesn’t go anywhere these days without a overzealous security detail….take look at one of his bodyguards, the one 6 ft ahead of sockboy. Trudeau is 6’2….this guy must go around 7’3”!!! (It’s at the 5:55 mark).
    3 points
  29. Spotted today, May 4th....
    3 points
  30. if everyone in Ontario (for instance) were to go out this month and buy an electric vehicle, the Power grid would be brought to its knees just like in 2003. Our current power infrastructure cannot even handle a hot day in July without brown outs. Now add 14 million electric cars all soaking up their share of electrons. Ain't gonna happen. It would kill the grid. Until the government spends the necessary money to improve the power grid and ensure a substantial reserve, electric cars will remain niche in the near term. Our reliance on oil will continue for decades. Even electric cars need oil anyway, lots of plastic there. As for shipping oil to Europe. There is no worry there because we can't even ship oil to our own east coast. The priorities of this government are misguided for sure.
    3 points
  31. One of the best videos concerning safety great video_x264.mp4
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  32. “Russian Air Force taking a beating” Good!
    3 points
  33. Not a problem, those crossing at Roxham road have no intention of working anyway. Send me 50,000 Ukrainians, they will all have jobs within a week.
    3 points
  34. As are most things and sadly today why a lot of people are pilots rather than for the love of flying which was my father. I remember when it was time for him to leave on a flight, which in those days could mean an absence of a week or so, he missed us but loved the moment when he took to the air.
    3 points
  35. As happens in most wars, just remember Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and of course Vietnam. Average citizens lost , the only people who won were those who supplied the weapons......
    3 points
  36. There is always the law of unintended consequences at play here as well…..How many good blue collar jobs Canadian jobs, as well as spin off jobs,will be lost due to the border closures? US parent companies will wonder is it really worth it to have manufacturing across what is now an unstable border. From an American perspective, why are American companies making American products in a foreign country?
    3 points
  37. Unbelievable!! sockboys’s vanity has taken Canada to a new low…..rather than listen to unflattering questions as he got out of a car, he had his security rough up a reporter…just like in the dictatorships he admires so much….seems he has also made his mind up on which media groups are bona fide… saving Canadians from having to decide for themselves……and yes, this involves Rebel media, but a citizen of Canada shouldn’t be beaten up for just standing on a sidewalk, posing no threat to anybody. Sadly, another black mark for the current government. And don’t expect coverage from other outlets….Trudeau has ensured them to toe the party line through $$$$payments (unless this happened to a CBC reporter).
    3 points
  38. Too large to cut and paste. Interesting read though. If we must go down the fighter path then I think Gripen is probably the one to get. Not as stealthy as the F-35 but the operating costs are a fraction of it. https://www.saab.com/globalassets/markets/canada/english-brochure.pdf
    3 points
  39. 3 points
  40. Rex Murphy: Trudeau's 'Glasgow declaration' throws Alberta under his minority bus Rex Murphy 6 hrs ago I’ve written a variation on this theme before, but after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Glasgow declaration, it is worth restating: if oil and gas were Quebec’s main industry, defending it, promoting it and declaring it as being in Canada’s national interest would be sacramental imperatives.Quebec citizenship. Trudeau would be preaching from the altars of Quebec’s most majestic cathedrals about the wretched and nation-breaking attacks on the central Quebec industry. If oil were in Quebec, it would be a law that people have to bathe in it before going outdoors. Politicians would bring thuribles (incense containers) to swing and spread holy odours before every oil rig. They would genuflect at every Esso sign, and kiss the gas pump at every rise in price. But oil is not in Quebec. It is in Alberta. And that, as Robert Frost once remarked, “has made all the difference.” And so it comes to pass that a son of the nation-province of Quebec, the Canadian prime minister, jetted off to Glasgow to toss Alberta under his minority bus. Think of the arrant and arrogant dismissal of Alberta’s recent equalization referendum in contrast with Quebec’s declaration of French as its only official legislation. That was a brazen exception to Canadian bilingualism, but Quebec’s assertions were treated with respect and compliance. Alberta’s referendum, by contrast, was barely glanced at as an odd gesture from a poor and restive relative. As some poor toad wrote at the time, Quebec is the only province that can unilaterally alter the Canadian Constitution it did not sign, and cozily receive at the same time billions in equalization payments it did not earn — monies that come principally from a province whose product it abjures, stymies and derogates. But let us return to Glasgow. There, Trudeau essentially excommunicated Alberta from Confederation. He spoke to a global audience, and what he had to say was that he would sacrifice the most essential commodity of the modern world, energy, to sip tea in congruence with Prince Charles and try to evade the vulgarities that Greta Thunberg has taken to lately. Video: What to expect from Trudeau’s new cabinet (cbc.ca) Pause Current Time 0:15 / Duration 1:58 Loaded: 55.64% Unmute 0 LQ Captions Fullscreen What to expect from Trudeau’s new cabinet Click to expand The question must be asked: has Trudeau forgotten that he is prime minister of Canada and not a United Nations bureaucrat or some sort of messianic figure of the green movement? If he wants a job in Brussels, let him apply for it, make it official and tell the rest of us. If he wants to be the president of Greenpeace, let him also say so. If neither of these options are on the table, let him consider being a guardian of Canada’s national interests. And now back to Alberta and the other western provinces. Why is every western MP not fuming with rage at this peremptory, unilateral declaration from Ottawa to halt oil and gas development in Alberta? I have totally given up on Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s ability to provide an effective opposition to the Liberals, but surely the members of his team, who earned their status as parliamentarians for standing up for their provinces, should be kicking up a storm over this outrage. Alberta, you have a question to face. Up to Glasgow, there may have been the slim thought that the federal government would see that a province that has contributed so much, and is patriotic to its core, is a net benefit to Confederation and worth forging a constructive, mutually beneficial relationship with. It is very difficult to see, after Trudeau’s Glasgow declaration, how you can hang on to that hope. Which raises the only other question that matters: why put up with a political arrangement that betters provinces that abjure your industry, demean your voice and offer your well-being as a sacrifice for the applause of jet-setters, Hollywood trendoids, environmentalist obsessives and UN globalists? Alberta is a province of quality and spirit. It is so bad to see it used as a trading card for cheap cheers in service to a specious cause, from the world’s self-appointed, and so well-off, worthies. Were I an Albertan, I would first be puzzled, then angry, that I am being forced to weigh my love for this country against the disrespect for my province. It is not a choice I ever wanted to have to make, and one over which I would give long and tormented thought. Glasgow, Trudeau and Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault have placed this unhappy dilemma on the plate of all Albertans. National Post The big issues are far from set
    3 points
  41. I admit that I haven’t always been clean on this either but I have been working hard to stay above the fray and be respectful, reaping what I have sown so to speak. Like all things in life, I’m a work in progress. I acknowledge that perception belongs to perceiver, but really? You don’t see these as even a little condescending? “Some also jump before making sure the water is deep enough too” ”Ignorance is bliss, eh? Wow! ” “I wonder what you’ll say when they insist your child get a fourth fifth sixth and seventh vaccination shot. No parent control then, eh? But maybe you’re one of those that are OK with that lol!!!!!”
    3 points
  42. No, no, no!! Some of us need the presence of dimwits to feel smrt.
    3 points
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